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EXECUTIVE OFFICE: ROOM HO, VETERANS' BUILDING 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 941D2 



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Honorable John F. Shelley 

Mayor of the City of San Francisco 

200 City Hall 

San Francisco, California 94102 

Dear Mayor Shelley: 

. STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES, PAST FISCAL YEAR 
. COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 
. STATEMENT OF IMPORTANT IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND 

FUTURE PLANNING 
Reference Your Memorandum of August 5, 1965 

In compliance with your request, we beg to report as follows:- 

Members of the Board . Wilson Meyer, President 

Harold E. Hubbard, Vice President 

Philip S. Boone 

Fred Campagnoli 
Richard P. Cooley 
George T. Davis 
Gregory A. Harrison 
Sam K. Harrison 
Samuel D. Sayad 
Ralph J. A. Stern 

Staff . Edward Sharkey, Managing Director 

E. Lawrence George, Assistant Managing Director 

and Executive Secretary 
Miss Ethel O'Neil, Senior Clerk-Stenographer 

City Department Cooperation 

We at the War Memorial wish to express our appreciation for 
the help and guidance offered us by the Mayor's office, the Chief Ad- 
ministrative Officer and his staff, the Controller, the Department of 
Public Works, Department of City Planning, and many others in the City 
organization. Our contacts with the City government have indicated 
its sympathetic interest in behalf of the War Memorial. 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 3, 1965 

. WAR MEMORIAL BOOKINGS 

Comparative figures this year and last are as follows: - 

1964-65 1963-64 

Grand Opera 

Symphony Concerts 

Spring Opera 

Musical Concerts 

Ballets 

School Graduations 

Rehearsals - Opera House 

Musical Attractions, Rehearsals 

Veterans' Building 
Light Opera Performances 

571 569 

Both buildings have been extremely busy, and we have had to turn down 
many bookings from traveling orchestras and shows because the complex 
could not adequately handle additional business offered us. 

. BUDGET - REVENUES 



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67 


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182 


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We submit comparative figures: - 

1964-65 1963-64 

Budget $517,785 $514,604 

Revenues 116,482 110,002 

. MAIN ITEMS OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND/OR MAJOR REHABILITATION FROM 
FUNDS AVAILABLE TO US, 1964-65 FISCAL YEAR 

Overhauling sump pumps, engine room, Veterans' Building 

Repair and recover furniture - Opera House . Veterans' Building 

Repair gas burners - boilers, engine room . Veterans' Building 

Repairs and improvements to Room 123 . Veterans' Building 

Added toilet facilities . Opera House 

General survey . War Memorial Buildings (by contract with Skidmore) 

Improvements, Green Room . Veterans' Building 

Painting metal sashes, both buildings of War Memorial; painting 
corridors, Veterans' Building (in process - delay by strike) 

Replace gold carpet, main foyer . Opera House 

Repair gold traveler curtain . Opera House 

Install canvas on stage crossover . Opera House 

Installation of new valves, water system - both buildings 

Repairs to ventilating fans . Art Museum 

Cleaning settees and chairs . Opera House 

New drapes, Trustees' meeting room . Opera House 

Extension storeroom, Lower Foyer . Opera House 

Boiler repairs, engine room • Veterans' Building 



Honorable John F. Shelley 



September 3, 1965 



Replacement of steam coils, engine room . Veterans' Building 

Furnish and install major control valves, engine room . Veterans' Building 

Install wooden doors . Art Museum 

Overhaul electric motors of boiler feed pumps, engine room . Veterans' Building 

Reline service counter, Refreshment Center . Opera House 

Interior painting . Art Museum 

Acoustical correction . Art Museum 

Repair leaks, marquee . Opera House 

Repair sidewalk in front of Veterans' Building 

. MAIN ITEMS OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND/OR MAJOR REHABILITATION FROM 
FUNDS (SOME CARRY-OVER) AVAILABLE TO US, 1965-66 BUDGET 

Increased amounts allotted the War Memorial in the present budget indicated 
again that an effort was being made to help this Board in its losing fight 
to keep the aged and worn equipment of both buildings in usable condition. 
With the help of funds from the present budget we were enabled to place 
work orders for these seriously needed items, some of them capital im- 
provements, others contractual services. 

Req. 

Dept. 

No. 

909 Repairs to 37 misc. valves, etc., Opera House and 

Veterans' Building $ 1,550.00 

910 Repairs to hot water piping, etc. , various loca- 

tions, War Memorial buildings 2,940.00 

911 Repairs to exhaust fans E-6, etc., Veterans' Bldg. 2,910.00 

912 Clean and repair 'Ferolining' in two hot water tanks, 

Opera House and Veterans' Building 245.00 

913 Replace waterlines from 3rd to 4th floors, replace 

gas burners on boilers Nos . 3 and 4, Veterans' Bldg. 3,000.00 



914 Replace elevator signal system in Opera House and 
Veterans' Building 



3,230.00 



915 Reconstruct filter retainers, install new roof 

weatherhead and furnish new replaceable filter 
system in Opera House and Veterans' Building 



3,535.00 



916 Seal ducts in Art Museum, install gravity shutters 

in Auditorium #2, alter duct heaters to 4th Fir., 

Veterans' Building 2,890.00 

917 Install showers, Opera House 11,000.00 

918 Modernization of Rotunda, Art Museum 10,000.00 

919 Install acoustical tile and all necessary altera- 

tions for same Room 134, Veterans' Building 2,500.00 



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Honorable John F. Shelley 



September 3, 1965 



In addition, through recommendation of the Department of Public Works 
and approval by the Mayor's office, we were granted an increase in 
our General Maintenance and Repair fund covering the entire complex. 

. MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS 



The amount of $25,000 granted in the present budget is certainly of 
some additional help, but it is only a slight aid against the ravages 
of time. We do express thanks for the increase, and you may be assured 
that it will be used to best advantage in maintaining and repairing 
those items which are closed to emergency status. We feel the re- 
sponsibility of recording again with you the plain fact that monies 
allotted to the War Memorial are inadequate and that the two rapidly 
iging buildings cannot possibly be maintained on what has been allotted 
ms this fiscal year. We again recommend close attention to this subject. 

Expenditures 
General Department Budget 1964-65 As of 6/30/65 



4.691.200.000 Contractual Services $20,571.00 

4.691.300.000 Materials and Supplies 6,125.00 

4.691.400.000 Equipment 655.00 

4.691.400.001 Equipment (Refreshment Center) 20,000.00 
4.691.504.000 Tapestry Repairs 1,500.00 
4.691.516.000 Survey - War Memorial Buildings 10,000.00 
4.691.712.000 Toilet Facilities - Opera House 25,000.00 
4.691.714.000 Replace Heating Coils - Veterans' Building 3,300.00 
4.691.801.000 Compensation Insurance 1,452.00 
4.691.815.000 P.D. and P.L. Insurance 2,600.00 
4.691.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 24,700.00 
4.691.237.000 Scavenger Services 2,223.00 
4.691.321.000 Fuels and Lubricants 75.00 
4.691.340.000 Dry Goods 50.00 



$20,102.00 

6,044.00 

562.00 

19,370.00 

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10,000.00 

25,650.00 

3,552.00 

(3/31/65) 751.00 

2,392.00 

24,790.00 

2,223.00 

42.00 

47.00 



Art Museum 



4.692.200.000 Contractual Services 

4.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 

4.692.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

4.692.701.000 Acoustical Work and Lighting 



500.00 

700.00 

6,500.00 

6,000.00 



500.00 

693.00 

6,552.00 

6,000.00 



SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART 



As recorded previously, the quarters of this fine institution, on the 
fourth floor of the Veterans' Building, have, through lack of funds over 
the years, become unsightly, inadequate, and badly in need of refurbishing 
and improvement. The dire necessity for lighting, acoustics, chairs, 
museum offices, improved elevators, etc., has been brought forward over 
the years at every budget hearing, but with little or no help offered. 
This year, when the problems were placed before you, there was indication 
of sympathy and understanding. The Art Museum was granted from the 
present budget at least enough money to contract for partial needs in 
acoustical improvement, lighting, and a minor paint job. 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 3, 1965 



This is only a start in what is needed, but at least the approval of 
these small budget items has given the Art people some encouragement 
as to the City's interest. 

. UNITED NATIONS 



The United Nations" Twentieth Anniversary was held in the War Memorial 
buildings June 24-26. 1965. Trustee Ralph J. A. Stern was Chairman of 
the United Nations Committee of the Board of Trustees of the War Memorial, 
with the other members of the Board being ex-officio members. 

Tne required space needed by the sessions was provided by this department, 
and from all reports, the sessions and the administration of the events 
appeared to be a complete success. There was no apparent damage to the 
buildings and no complaints were received as to the operation of the 
various sessions. The Board of Trustees of the War Memorial felt that 
it was an extreme pleasure to be of some assistance for the successful 
conclusion of the commemorative meeting. 

. FALL OPERA SEASON 

Preparations and rehearsals are well underway. A fine schedule was 
announced by Opera's Director Adier. We are busy trying to get the 
facilities into the best shape possible for the opening of the opera, 
scheduled for September 10th. 

. STAFF 

Badly needed additions to the staff were pointed out in our budget request, 
and one extra position - Accountant Clerk - was granted in the present 
budget. Our Board is studying the further needs for embarking on an 
organizational review in connection with the management and staff needs 
of the War Memorial complex. This is particularly important in view of 
the ever- increasing use of the buildings as well as the repair and con- 
struction work ahead. Amongst the subjects before us: a modernized 
record system; improved handling of relations with our public; a re- 
vamped and aggressive booking setup to service the proposed enlarged 
complex, etc. We shall be consulting with the various City departments 
on these subjects and will hope, in due course, to have businesslike 
recommendations which may be of some value to the City. 

. SURVEY - PRESENT BUILDINGS 

It was obvious to those concerned that the point had been reached where 
patchwork and emergency repairs could no longer keep the War Memorial 
buildings in usable condition; in fact, this type of repair work could 
only become excessively wasteful if not geared into a general improvement 
plan, with adequate funds available to do things properly. A forward- 
looking plan for immediate rehabilitation and modernization was required. 
The Mayor's office, the Controller, and the Board of Supervisors recog- 
nized the logic of our suggestions in this regard, and the War Memorial 
was then granted $10,000 for a specified survey of the present buildings. 



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Honorable John F. Shelley September 3, 1965 



Our Board entered into a contract for this work with the internationally 
known and highly responsible architectural/engineering firms 

Wurster, Bernard i & Emmons 
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill 

on October i, 1964. The work confirmed our Board's earlier warnings 
of the present inadequacies and deficiencies of the two buildings and 
brought further emphasis to the immediate need for expanslon l 
Note: Despite the lact of survey funds to encompass the required study 
for additional space and the expansion to the west, S/W continued 
their work without further compensation. The report is considered 
a real contribution to San Francisco's welfare. 

The S/W report was placed before our Board in February 1965. After study 
by our Building Committee and our Board, it was voted, unanimously, by 
the War Memorial Board to approve the Skidmore /Wurster report. The re- 
port was presented in brochure form to the Mayor and the Board of Super- 
visors on March 1, 1965, with our recommendations that a $29 million 
bond issue be placed on the November 1965 ballot. Copies of the S/W 
report were sent to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Controller, 
all members of the Board of Supervisors, and interested City departments. 
As details have been available from the printed brochure, we will quote 
only from its page 20:- 

X CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS 

From their conclusions reached on the basis of their survey, in 
vestigations and studies, the architects make the following recom- 
mendations to the Trustees of the San Francisco War Memorial. 

1. The Veterans Memorial Building and Opera House should be re- 
habilitated and modernized in accordance with the detailed 
recommendations contained in the Appendix of this report. 

2. In addition, the facilities of the backstage area of the Opera 
House must be expanded beyond the confines of the present 
building . 

3. There is a growing need for a 2200/2700-seat Ballet and Concert 
Hall with adequate staff and public inside parking. 

4. The space needed for the rehearsal and production activities of 
the Opera and Symphony and the 2200/2700-seat Ballet and Con- 
cert Hall should be located in a new building connected at 
stage level to the Opera House for movement of scenery and 
with under-cover circulation for the public between this new 
Musical Arts buildings with its garage and the Opera House 

and Veterans Memorial Building. This will require an underpass 
to be constructed for Franklin Street between Grove and McAllister 
Streets. 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 3, 1965 



5. The proposed Musical Arts building should be located on the 
site in the Western Addition Redevelopment Project Area A-2 
east of the central freeway between Gough Street and the 
California State Bar Association property at the corner of 
McAllister Street, directly across Franklin Street, west of 
the Opera House and the Veterans Memorial Building. 

6. The total estimated project cost of the rehabilitation, 
modernization and expansion of the War Memorial Center will 
require a bond issue of $29,000,000. 

7. The sums required for the rehabilitation and modernization of 
the Veterans Building, when added to those necessary for 
essential physical expansion of the production and performance 
activities of the Opera, Symphony and Ballet, are such that a 
general obligation bond issue, reflected in the above estimates 
of cost, seems essential to finance the project. 

8. The rehabilitation and modernization of the Veterans Memorial 
Building and the new Musical Arts building should be carried 
out simultaneously as soon as possible if San Francisco is to 
maintain its present position of leadership in the musical, 
performing and fine arts, and if the San Francisco War Memorial 
is to continue to remain a cultural center as well as the home 
of San Francisco's veterans' organizations. 

After further study and consultation, the Mayor, at a press conference, 
enthusiastically endorsed the project, and it was favorably received by 
press and public. Since then, the president and various Trustees of the 
War Memorial Board, and its technical advisors, have appeared, as re- 
quired, before the various City departments and committees charged with 
study and recommendations of bond issues headed for the ballot. Approval 
was voted by the Capital Improvement Advisory Committee (Chief Adminis- 
trative Officer Thomas J. Mellon, Chairman); the Department of City 
Planning; the Mayor's Bond Screening Committee; the Controller's office; 
and on July 19th the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the War 
Memorial Center bond issue for the November 1965 ballot! 

Our Board again expresses its appreciation to the Mayor's office, the 
Supervisors, and City departments for their recognition of the importance 
of this bond issue to our City's educational and cultural present and 
future, and they realize that immediate action is the only recourse . 

. CITIZENS COMMITTEE FOR THE WAR MEMORIAL CENTER BOND ISSUE 

In the meantime Mr. Robert A. Hornby has accepted the chairmanship of 
this important Committee, responsible for placing our City's require- 
ments at the War Memorial before the voters. San Francisco is fortunate 
in having a man of Mr. Hornby's abilities, a successful engineer and 
business executive, to head the campaign for the bond issue, now desig- 
nated 'Proposition B.' Mr. Hornby, as a veteran of two wars, has reason 
to be more than interested in the War Memorial's future. We congratulate 
Mayor Shelley on his choice. 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 3, 1965 

. BOND ISSUE SUCCESS - OR WHAT ? 

This is a question every San Franciscan must take to heart. We have 
two architecturally beautiful buildings, but they are dilapidated . 
antiquated, and crying for repair, modernization, and new equipment *. 

With an already extended Fall Opera season and a longer Symphony season, 
the present buildings, were they brought to first-class condition, 
simply could not offer a home to our successful Spring Opera, the San 
Francisco Ballet, and the Pops Concerts, not to mention international 
ballets, traveling orchestras, and other productions already forced to 
by-pass San Francisco for lack of facilities. Without prompt and 
favorable action on the building program recommended, San Francisco 
stands to lose some of these fine organizations headquartered here . 
We are a world-renowned production center for the arts at this time, 
but we must act or the talent will lose confidence and accept offers al- 
ready tempting them to other West Coast cities. 

Over a period of years San Francisco has not been able to furnish sufficient 
funds from budget sources to prevent disintegration of our buildings and 
equipment at the War Memorial. Even before the start of the present Fall 
Opera season we are experiencing breakdown of facilities backstage and 
in the Auditorium. Working conditions are hopelessly bad because of 
inadequate and antiquated equipment, dressing-rooms, plumbing, etc., and 
you may be assured that what we have simply will not bear comparison 
with the modern and efficient installations in other cities. 

A breakdown of equipment and facilities (in front or in back of the stage) 
is imminent. Let us hope this does not occur during a performance. 
Thirty- two years of wear and tear have left the plant in deplorable con- 
dition. 

So - no bond issue ? - we go down the hill fast, and - no bond issue ? - 
you face immediately the requirements of a wasteful crash program of 
substantial financing that can only be a temporary expedient. Then, 
higher costs will have to be met at a future date to do what is actually 
needed. A tragic situation for San Francisco. No bond issue ? San 
Francisco becomes a second-rate city so far as art and musical educa- 
tion is concerned . 

This is our sentiment, and we feel we must have it in the record as 
part of our duty to San Francisco. 

Time Lag - It must not be overlooked that the second stage of archi- 
tectural and engineering planning - the development of final plans, 
the acquisition of land - will take several years , so that any delay 
caused by failure to pass the bond issue would make the situation even 
more tragic. 

Thanks for your interest, and with best greetings from our 
War Memorial Trustees to the Mayor and his efficient staff, 



Very-, truly yours/") 



Wilson Meyer, President 

War Memorial Board of trustees 



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Air Duct Grilles - Gravity Shuttei ■ Veterans' Bui 5 

New Chairs - Auditorium, . uia 

Fcroling hot water tanks - Engine Room, Veterans' Buil ' 

Modern! , I otunda - Art i . 

Painting Entrance Lobby - Art Museum 

Paii ' : eries - Art Mus< 

Repai , old curtain - 0| House 

Install i, blackout curtains - St;igc, Opera Hoi 

Painting corridors - Veterans' Building 

Re-cushioning orchestra scats- - Opera House 

Furnish and install control cabii north basement fan room - Op • I 

Install lights and ladder, south backstage elevator pit - Oper< 

.proofing various areas - Opera House and Veterans' Buil'ding 
Rep! P.A.X. inter c< tel hones - Opera House 

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5.691.200.000 Contractual Services 

5.691.300,000 Materials and Supplies 

5.691.400.000 Equipment 

5.691.503.000 Showers - Oper, 
5.691 
5. 691. 

5.691.714.000 ' ' - 1 

5.691.716.001 llaneous Projects - V.B. and O.K. 
5.691.801.000 Compe nsatic n "Insurance 
5.691.815.000 P.D. and P.L. Insur 
5.691.231.000 Heat, Light and Po 

5.691.237.000 Scj 

5.691.812.000 Fidelity Insurance 

5.691.218.00 . 

5.69: rice 



$35,016 


$: 


6,741 


6,642 


955 


940 


'32 




65,000 




3,610 




3,( 




9,380 


9,119 


500 


500 


2,600 


2,3! 


25,560 


25,43; 


2,021 


2,0. ] 


200 - 


163 


75 


71 


775 





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700 


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. 


8,988 


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.' "IT ERANCE AND REPAIRS 

In the 1965-66 budget, the i ?33,850 
badlj ; Iscellanec to the War Memorial compL 

in f- . . i , ; budftcta lo helpful and 1 ' ea* 
.' J .' bandi r which has developed in the varioua City 
dcpfi. ■ ■■ Lo our serious nee d for "upkeep", monny . 
Hov;ever, ve cannot defeat the ravages of time u 
tional funds in this important ar< forth Lng. 

We have ii • iir allotment in quarterly v;o; ! ( 
to the Depai ; • of Build Lr, 

to ac many needed repairs throughout our 1 
grounds. Thi s ef fir ■ i "' ' ' Lor of Public V? - 

rative in aiding u a to spread our mea gre financial^ 
ces amongst tk : 
> the r j | '.Mings. 

t in t!,.' 

i 

I 

J ■' H J. / Ls the newl; Lnted -tor 

of is successor to Mr. d J. 

25 years of service. 
1, Princij her, left our 

I 
,yay. Sh led , -Crom 

the 1 . ' • 



Hone. : >lley - 5 - Scj 

During the finer 1 year 1965-00 the War Memorial 1 
requ yor and tl B d of Supervisors to appro - 

position of / k, to handle 1 i 

ad\ni.\ re office, much work be inj | 

i Lon pro| This pos i t ion 

l 
Account Clerk. The present Civil Service list is exhausted, but 
we are end 1 j by 

. SAN ?0 MUSBi 

\. a have report' he quart 

;on, on (' ans 1 Bui) ' id - 

tl lack of funds oi 1 1 bt 

Ly in ■ g and imj 

c .-65) ha', 
modernization work on the 1 

■ 
] , This work und Fj 

to provida new and comfort* " 
in tl ' recent re ' 

paint j . pace, and ti 

is still j -o tn be done, but we 

Lon evidenced 
War li ' 



honorable John F. Shelley - G~ Scj 

During the j fit ; , i any outst t exhibito 
' . , and the ] Lge oi ; Lng 

steadily througl ation. The 1 of the ! 

M announced the appo J 'land, 

a recognized auth their Director, and he will be i 
hio '. this i Sh. 

Along with cur other tenants, the Art Museum wil] <y<* 
ing ito requirements for the future, cud there i; indica- ■ 
tion of increased cu] ional activity, with ito 

active Board of '• and ' . .' 

• FALL_.OgERA SEASON 

The forthcoming season is again under the caj ' 'on 
of C; ] Kurt- Herbert Adlez ] 

history - 53 ] nces - c 
' continues 

] 
i , the ial 

Boar? 1 '/; to present th: 

in 9sible condition for the fortl 

n. . 

, 1 ' : 

I] diate ., 

It li i, several years ago, that the condi- 

■ tii : 1 ( ' I ' 

y and recommend 

ti . a small sua it that ti 

' . > fort I 1 Lng ab] to secure the t 



Honorable - 7 - September 2, 

Li ling engineer.'' architectural firms of 

Wurctcr, Bernard! i ) 
Skidmore, Oi.'ineo & Merrill 
1 

■ Their "Report on Rehal ' ' i jza-tJon of 
San Fr ancisco's War Memoria l Center , lr dated February 1, 1965, 
receivi I. the Memorial 1 

After study and a pproval by the City Planni n g Commission and 

otl crested City departments, this "Skidmore _ Re port " be- 

c tl basis f i i. 1 Pro] B Bond Is cue of Noveml 

1965c Tl Bond Issi incl .' 

1 rehab J both 1 

plus new uction - 

A combination build 
Bad ly i led r el 

Mocktip stage 
Si Lees 

(■ ' ! hall, as 

home ' ' 

The plan a! I anlcl i 

and ejetensiori of the beautifi 
building foundations, a 500-car gi b proposed, and this 

I ■ '. ' ' ' ' ' ia] -' 

Proj polls - and we arc 

' )■ ! ' ' • ■ ' > ■ r 

I j nt build ( 6 years old) are serious! 
need of refurbishing - interior modernization; replacement of 

■-levators; si ' ' 

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Honorable Joh . . . •• C - Sc^ 2, 1966 

serious die Integrate ' t he experts conf irm this I Al! 
realize that prompt attention is necessary! 

As to this "Problem #1" - Wh« . ii I ing done? 

\ pleased to be able to report helpful ] 

the City Hall ui leral nding . 1 c< . 'on. During the preparati 
of our 1966-67 budget requirements, all concerned in tho City de- 
partments and at the War Memorial sought means t< ■ i the critical 
needs in our cxistin. The new, , 1966-67 

budget granted 1 : as "starting moi 

and rehab ilil mds to enable us to con- 

tract with the 'Skidmore group? for archil 

eiig:' , speci:'.' , and . "or 

soi of : require the 

,- ] auditorium light: lc. 

to get our p! 
improved dress 
' 

1 estimates shoul - i ■ our han 

We received funds in the 1966-67 budget which ei " . ' to 
etart repairs or renewals on sorae 30 critical it< . in the old 
: ; 

We now have the stai • and, 

: : 
halting tl 



Hone hn F. Shelley 3 

j ' ! 

It should be noted by l! ; ' 68) 

budget allotments that at the War Me ' , \ .-rk star: 67, 
p] - k i lied for by architecti 'pi and specifications t 
196',' »uld be financed in the 1967-68 budget to avoid - 

A» Further heavy Iocs th ough disintegration. 

B. Possible interruption of Oj o performances. 
(The work has to be scheduled on "show business *b; ' ' 

to avoid interruptions of performing lules and * 
possible loss of sh< e) . 

C. Plans and specifications paid for an ' ' tcs for 
several major ne should be fi 

mediate action in tl budget t< of 

the planning effort, 

Whi ] sent our budget needs for th ; 1967-68, 
o bane our statement of requirements on a i ;ed 
schedule. The impoi bad] needed li ' I Jbacl 
shou 1 d _ be _ s tarted tl^, and tl 

in the next budp.et 

. 

■ " J? V? £ 
( ond maj - The Opera House - if it ?' 

its po ition as a leadinj js -?A°3 center of the Opera World « 

1 '-Lis " JL c1 
. : ' : . » mockup 1 - all . .use! 

1 conflict in dates, du- ] 

Opei: • hony inc. • illy its length of 
our ne ! of a ' ' 

, and the 2700-86 



Honorable John F. k i . . Sepl 2, l! 

Music Hall across Fi Street (Skid more Report ? .r.*L- 65l._v ] ' ' 
J '' 1 dj o f. the War Memorial . and. j \ ts. 

Ace- 1 si ::ongly tl 

visa 1 raadi in the 1967-68 bud prelimj lary studicr 
plar:' ; i i the badly needed space i 
•Franklin Street, to the west). 

Finfinc ial S tu d ies 

We conj Controller Cooper and Department of Pub] 
a Di?-eci: . 1 on their recently in' 

I - r S FINANCIAL NEEDS » REPLACEMENTS, RECONS'.' 
L IMPROVE ETC. You have i Lonl 

With our architects, engj and i 
sei.; 1 1 i ; Lai ; of the 1 imorial, • 
course, included genera! 

War, Memo rial requires City a id 
:' li te and near future - have ] reccnted to the 

City and, after study and expert engineering guidance, no;; v 
i 1 the City for further help in at 1 

1) In 1967"-' ti lj , p] | ' again the fi 

in the present year! 1 ire not only 
• "upkeep"* money, but, most important, the money to contract for •. 
actual ' . 

1 bilitation, etc,). 

2) t id from the app prial to ■ 
. study for v. r : jo 

garage under Franklin' Street expansion . 



• ] I 

H F. She! Septi . 1966 



3) We ask help he aj , r;to to pi \ 

studies for £ inane inj 

, and traf I 'dy» 
/i) Fr/i nkltn 

the Redevelo] .' , La land will, In tl 

be required by the War M ) ; ■; v uj that tl 

consider the desirability of a formal notice to Redevelopment Agency 
covering an tl land for our War ! Lai use. Af 

all, the construction of a Wa; ' ' ■• . on thi3 

land • has 1 u.ng rec 

: ' rlier, ai . aw, City .' has stuc 

our ] 3D Franklin Street, 

musj^jic i -ed foi' expansio \ 

lved should 1 

( j ■ , end we hope tl he al 

) 

' y. 

As we wri 

I , .' i . with Wj ] 

a of confli* I g - Symphony, etc. - the Ope is not ■ 

• available to Sprinj Lng - and toda) •■ 1 

< ' which points out, st : ' 

53--p. | , with Lng dat next week, is se; 

1 11 of tl ' ' gk__ l -f.^* c hearsai j 

proper operating 

^t^is_pM^ioii5_that_planninK for expr ' 

unci and we that 



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Honorable John F. She: Sep- ' 



Quality of Facilities - Com petition 
Our recent studies in Los Angeles, New York, and in 
main opera house? cf Europe (London's Covent Gard ; 
Scalaj Geneva's Staadt Naples' ' \ how, in each 
instance, a proud y of modern stag' 1 
equipment, and an auditor i : ctly up to dato 

Except for the exterior beauty of our buildings, we are 
■•irs behind the times, and almost completely li ckii j in the re- 
■ of a modern opera facility. With the world 
for i lent, ■ , offer adequate £< 

will suffer the results of neglect in 
1 ] ■ is needed to house a great opera produc tion company. 
There seems to 1 . d . ;;ion concern:' 

of new ' Lrst:- 

• 

munities ' • ■ 

City Coc 

It is our belief that the pi admi ' :tratio!> 
City " 'rely ey< 

.' need ' ' ' ■ to tl 
i ' ' us.' 

Mayor John F, Shelley ?n& hii ' ' 'otration recognized . 

and thor< gh plar ' j if 

.... 

lern requj :d is 

parti< '• ' . ' and thankful Shelley 1 



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Honorable John ..V. Shelley 



I t and attention to the problt \ ; ] 

The Board of Supervisor: and i ] our 

special than 1 - fi the Board'i L; budj 

its unci ling of i needs . 

VJe also wish to express our appreciate 
guidance c us by the Chiei 
: , the Cc ] , and the Department ; 

partment of Citj za- 

tion. Our coiv ,> ; 

s; tic I Lai . 

i joy .'■.'■ 

important ec 



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City and County of San Francisco 

EXECUTIVE OFFICE: ROOM 1 lO^VETER ANS" BUILDING 
SAN FRANCiSCO. CALIFORNIA 94102 

September 12, 1967 



WAR MEMORIAL trustees 

OPERA HOUSE /* A /2 j WILSON MEYER 



JOSEPH J. ALLEN 
MANAGING DIRECTOR 



E. LAWREI 

EXECUTIVE S 

ASSISTANT MAN 



Honorable John F. Shelley 

Mayor of the City of San Francisco 

200 City Hall 

San Francisco, California 94102 

Dear Mayor Shelley: 

. STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES, PAST FISCAL YEAR 
. COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 
. STATEMENT OF IMPORTANT IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND 
FUTURE PLANNING 
Reference Your Memorandum of August 7, 1967 

In compliance with your request, we now submit the 

following: 

Members of the Board . Wilson Meyer, President 

Gregory A. Harrison, 1st Vice President 
Frederic Campagnoli, 2nd Vice President 

Philip S. Boone 
Richard P. Cooley 
George T. Davis 
Prentis Cobb Kale 
Sam K, Harrison 
Harold E. Hubbard 
Samuel D. Sayad 
Ralph J. A. Stern 

Staff • Joseph J. Allen Managing Director 

E. Lawrence George Assistant Managing Director 

and Executive Secretary 
Mrs. Mae Sandness Principal Clerk-Stenographer 
Mark Matthews Senior Account Clerk 



1966-67 


1965-66 


48 


44 


71 


72 


8 


12 


20 


8 


42 


48 


- 


1 


347 


297 


252 


135 


788 


617 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 



. WAR MEMORIAL BOOKINGS 

Comparative figures this year and last year are as 
follows : 



Grand Opera 
Symphony Concerts 
Spring Opera 
Musical Concerts 
Ballets 

School Graduations 
Rehearsals - Opera House 
Musical Attractions, Rehearsals 
Veterans Building 



The extension of Fall Opera and Symphony seasons has, 
as predicted, caused serious complications. More favorable book- 
ing time is badly needed for the important Spring Opera season 
and that of the San Francisco Ballet. Surely, it is to the best 
interests of our City to provide proper facilities at the War 
Memorial complex for these fine San Francisco institutions and 
other cultural groups clamoring for booking space in our Civic 
Center location. 

. BUDGET - REVENUES 

We submit comparative figures: 

1966-67 1965-66 

Budget $1,128,281 $613,782 

Revenues 143,181 115,518 

During fiscal year 1966-67 the War Memorial Opera 

House enjoyed its greatest year both from the standpoint of 

attendance as well as revenue. Income totaled $143,181, or an 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 

increase of approximately $27,000 over the previous fiscal year. 
Net sales from the bar and food concession totaled $118,551, or 
an increase of $16,307. 

. MAIN ITEMS OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND/OR MAJOR REHABILITATION 
FROM FUNDS AVAILABLE TO US - 1966-67 FISCAL YEAR 

During the past fiscal year we have been enabled to 
make at least a start in the badly needed rehabilitation and re- 
furbishing of the War Memorial buildings. 
Opera House 

Included in the capital improvements in the 1966-67 
Budget was the sum of $549,700. This sum is broken down as follows: 

A. Rehabilitation/modernization, Opera House - $362,300 
(Administration and production areas; 

lighting; intercom and closed TV systems) 
This figure includes structural changes, 
basement area, Art Museum 

B. Major repairs to roofs and skylights - 30,000 

C. Architectural fees - 125,000 
(Covering drawings , specifications for 

major requirements/improvements present 
buildings) 

D. Miscellaneous and major repairs - 32,400 

Important items underway, and mostly on the completed 

list as of this date, are as follows: 

Refurbishing of the seats in the Orchestra and Grand Tier sections. 
New locking devices on the pin-rail, as well as new purchase lines 

on stage area. 
Replacement of all drapes in the Box Level, Orchestra and Grand 

Tier sections. 
Improvements at Mezzanine Level, permitting increased service 

to public. 
Waterproofing of basement area and tunnel connecting Veterans 

Building and Opera House. 



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Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 

Major repairs to roof, including metal work - flashing, valleys, 

and expansion joints. 
Replacement of all pneumatic steam belts and heating coils. 
Repairs and improvements, Lower Foyer, for improved service to 

public . 

Museum of Art , 

The amount of $27,000 for the rehabilitation of the 
storage and exhibit areas and structural improvements in the base- 
ment of the Veterans Building has enabled us to get this job 
started. 

Other items of rehabilitation in the Museum of Art: 

Painting and refurbishing of exhibit walls in the East, South, 
and West Galleries, as well as the north and south corridors, 
Foyer and Lobby. 

Application of new, textured material on the walls as well as 
sanding and refinishing of floors in the West and Rental 
Galleries . 

Modernization of the Rotunda with acoustical ceiling and down- 
lighting. 

Complete replacement of the old, antiquated wood folding-chairs 
with decorator vinyl chairs. 

New track lighting system in the Lecture Room and Educational 
Gallery. 

Fluorescent cove lighting in the north and south corridors. 

Veterans Building 

Installation of modern elevator signal system. 

Acoustical ceiling and painting of Room 110. 

Replacement and repairs to hoist system - three sidewalk elevators. 

. MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS 

In the 1966-67 Budget the sum of $85,260 was approved 
for major and minor repairs to the War Memorial complex. In- 
cluded in this sum was an amount of $12,000 for annual servicing 
and repair of our 13 elevators. Since the inauguration of this 
monthly maintenance and 24-hour call-back emergency service, we 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 

have noticed a considerable reduction in our elevator repair and 
placement costs. We consider this elevator maintenance con- 
tract an important safety factor in the handling of the public, 
and we can report that no major shutdown in the elevator service 
has occurred during our Opera and Ballet seasons. 

It has been generally recognized that, over a long 
period of years, the small sums granted by The City for mainten- 
ance and repair of the War Memorial gave no opportunity to fight 
wear-and-tear and the ravages of time. This situation was at last 
recognized, and increases were granted in this appropriation in 
the last several budgets. We were thereby enabled to increase 
the amount of money in our quarterly work orders to the Department 
of Public Works, and accomplished major sidewalk, metal, carpentry, 
electrical and plumbing repairs. 

It is self-evident that we must be granted substantial 
additional maintenance and repair funds in subsequent budgets in 
order to properly maintain our aging plant. We have a long way 
to go if we are to wipe out the results of deferred maintenance 
and to accomplish the important objective of bringing the old 
buildings to a state of rehabilitation which we need not be 
ashamed of! 

At this time, we would like to express the special 
thanks of our Board and management for the fine cooperative 
assistance and supervision of the Department of Public Works . 
Good thinking and many helpful suggestions from this Department 



?89,855 


$89,600 


8,050 


8,050 


3,275 


3,047 


7,000 


7,000 


2,600 


2,392 


26,460 


25,560 


2,424 


2,424 


200 


200 


75 


26 


1,113 


1,113 



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Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 

have enabled us to make the best usage of the maintenance and 
repair funds granted us. 

We now list 1966-67 Budget items for the General De- 
partment as well as the Art Museum : 

Expenditures 
General Department Budget as of 6/30/67 

6.69.1.200.000 Contractual Services 

6.691.300.000 Materials and Supplies 

6.691.400.000 Equipment 

6.691.801.000 Compensation Insurance 

6.691.815.000 P.D. and P.L. Insurance 

6.691.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

6.691.237.000 Scavenger Services 

6.691.812.000 Fidelity Insurance 

6.691.218.000 Maintenance and Repair 

Office Machines 

6.691.232.000 Telephone Service 

Art Museum 

6.692.200.000 Contractual Services 
6.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 
6.692.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 
6.692.501.000 Storage Improvements - 

Basement Area 27,000 27,000 

. FALL OPERA SEASON 

The forthcoming season is again under the capable 
direction of General Director Kurt Herbert Adler, with an in- 
creased number of performances, concluding November 21, 1967. 
The San Francisco Opera Company continues to earn international 
praise for its outstanding repertoire and sterling performances. 

The present construction work in the administrative 
and production departments, 'backstage,' has made the rehearsal 
time and preparation for the September 19, 1967, Opening Night, 
a trying time for all concerned. To effect major and necessary 
repairs and changes backstage, with the limited time available 



500 


500 


700 


690 


6,660 


6,660 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 

and the necessary demands for rehearsal time, requires patience 
and understanding all around. Every effort is being made by 
the War Memorial Trustees and its staff to have our facilities 
in the best possible condition for the Opening. We are particu- 
larly appreciative of the efforts of our building contractor, 
our architects, and the fine staff of the City Bureau of Archi- 
tecture for cooperative effort all around. 

. STAFF 

Our Managing Director, Mr. J. J. Allen, has developed, 
through his own cheerful and tireless efforts, a smooth-running 
organization at the War Memorial. He has devoted many extra 
hours in coordinating the needs of our tenants with the actual 
construction activities. He has been ably assisted by Mr. E. 
Lawrence George, Assistant Managing Director; Mrs. Mae Sandness, 
Principal Clerk-Stenographer; and Mr. Mark Matthews, Senior Ac- 
count Clerk. 

. CHRISTMAS LIGHTING 

During the 1966 Christmas holidays the Trustees ap- 
proved exterior lighting of the War Memorial complex in the 
traditional red-and-green decoration. A number of letters and 
phone calls were received commending the Trustees for this 
beautif ication project. Special commendation was received from 
the Mayor's office and members of the Board of Supervisors. We 
hope to repeat for Christmas 1967. 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 

. REQUIREMENTS AT THE WAR MEMORIAL 
PRESENT REQUIREMENTS 

We earnestly request that the City give reconsidera- 
tion to the expediting of all work already outlined for the 
existing buildings as an immediate program to be entered upon 
and completed in a period of about two years. These items can 
be listed as critical: 

Interior modernization 
Replacing of stage lighting 
Stage and passenger elevators 
Stage rigging 
House lighting 

Badly needed improvement in the Art Museum 
Modernization in the Veterans Auditorium 
and others listed in plan 

Piecemeal work on the larger jobs becomes costly and 
inef f icient--impossible to plan ahead! Special consideration 
should be given to the 'show business' aspects--we have to work 
around the activities of our tenants! 

The requirements for rehabilitation and modernization 
of the present buildings require action on a complete plan , which 
our architects have prepared. 
FUTURE REQUIREMENTS 

Extended seasonal activities of our tenants - Opera, 
Symphony, Spring Opera, Ballet, Boys' Chorus and other musical 
and educational groups - has brought serious conflict for space 
and booking dates at the War Memorial. San Francisco is a lead- 
ing production center of the Opera world. Opera is expanding 
into the musical education for youth, the Merola training pro- 
gram, and the new Opera traveling groups which tie San Francisco 
in with its neighbors. The recently announced Opera tieup with 



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Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 

Los Angeles is an important consideration for us. 

To hold this activity in our City we must have 
auxiliary space, rehearsal halls, mock-up stages and other re- 
quirements—all adjacent to the present Opera House. This is 
of great value to the City for increased employement (musicians, 
singers, stagehands, actors, and many others), youth and adult 
education, entertainment, and the attraction of thousands of 
money-spending visitors to San Francisco. To protect this great 
value we must move towards plans and financing of the needed 
additional facilities at the War Memorial or we neglect our City's 
opportunities . 

The critically needed 2700-seat Concert Hall , as 
planned across Franklin Street west of the Opera House , in con- 
junction with the rehearsal and administrative facilities, is a 
requirement NOW - -a plan which should be acted upon with courage. 
The required structure across Franklin Street will make possible 
there a 500- to 700-car garage, a necessity for the Opera House. 
Other cities are moving fast to challenge our present supremacy 
with their modern facilities. The project across Franklin Street 
must be expedited ! 

. WEST-OF-FRANKLIN-STREET PROPERTY 

Discussions were held with the various City Departments 
and Redevelopment concerning the need of holding this property 
for the City as a part of the Civic Center and for the badly 
needed War Memorial extension. We have frequently placed this 
matter before the Mayor and members of the Board of Supervisors. 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 27, 1967 

At the present time we have request before the Land and De- 
velopment Committee of the Board of Supervisors for a Resolu- 
tion and Letter of Intent, such Letter to indicate to the 
Federal Government and Redevelopment that the West-of-Franklin- 
Street property is to be held for City (public) use. We have 
had no decision on this question, and it is our belief that 
the City should act NOW to protect its interests in regard to 
the indicated property. It is an acknowledged requirement for 
the Civic Center (see 1958 plans) and in line with the War 
Memorial needs for expansion. 

• FINANCING - WEST-OF-FRANKLIN-STREET PROPERTY 

If money is a requirement of the Redevelopment Agency 
or the Federal Government for the reservation of the West-of- 
Franklin-Street property for the City and for the War Memorial, 
the City should act promptly to secure the funds through the 
recent increase in the Hotel Tax , or other means available! 
Certainly, the War Memorial - a revenue-producer, a mature in- 
stitution adding to San Francisco's international flavor - 
should be rated with priority status. In judging first things 
first , we should work towards its completion in advance of other 
uncertain and younger projects. 

At the War Memorial we have studied carefully, through 
our own experience there and with the help of highly qualified 
architects and engineers, the needs of the complex. We make 
our decisions on what we consider best for San Francisco and the 



Honorable John F. Shelley September 12, 1967 

great institutions of education, music, and entertainment, so 
dependent on the War Memorial complex. 

Under Section 44 of the Charter, it would seem to 
be our responsibility to express the needs of the institution 
we have been delegated to operate. The financing of the needs 
is not our responsibility, although we always endeavor to be 
helpful by working towards efficiency in management and increas- 
ing the revenues wherever possible. 

We must repeat that if in San Francisco first things 
are considered first , then a plan should be developed by the 
City to protect and nurture its basic institutions . 




Wilson Meyer, President^ 
War Memorial 
Board of Trustees 



J 



s 



Joseph J. Allen. MaruKiiiK Director 

E. Lawrence Giorge. Executive Secretary and Aitiitant Mariating Director 

iMfraoftiflLOfSflnmcisco 




OPERA HOUSE 



VETERANS' BUILDING 



ART MUSEUM 



.6L^*^-><A K^n^C 



EXECUTIVE OFFICE • SUITE 110 • VETERANS' BUILDING 
SAN FRANCISCO. CALIFORNIA 94102 
TELEPHONE 621-6600 



TRUSTEES 

Wilson Meyer 

Prtiidml 
Gregory a. Hahrison 

1st Vice Pretident 
Fred CaMPACNOLI 

2nd Vice Pretident 
Philip S. Boone 
Richard P. Cooley 
George T. Davis 
Prentis C Hale 
Sam K. Harrison 
Harold E. Hubbard 
Samuel D. Sayad 
Ralph J. A. Stern 



September 10, 1968 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto 

Mayor of the City of San Francisco 

200 City Hall 

San Francisco, California 94102 



Dear Mayor Alioto: 






STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES, PAST FISCAL YEAR 
COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 
STATEMENT OF IMPORTANT IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND 

FUTURE PLANNING 
Reference Your Memorandum of August 21, 1968 



In compliance with your request, we now submit the 



following: 

Members of the Board 



Staff 



Wilson Meyer, President 

Gregory A. Harrison, 1st Vice President 

Frederic Campagnoli, 2nd Vice President 

Philip S. Boone 
Richard P. Cooley 
George T. Davis 
Prentis Cobb Hale 
Sara K. Harrison 
Harold E. Hubbard 
Samuel D. Sayad 
Ralph J. A. Stern 

Joseph J. Allen Managing Director 

Donald Michalske Acting Assistant Managing 

Director and Executive Secretary 

Mrs. Mae Sandness Principal Clerk-Stenographer 

John Cadigan Senior Account Clerk 



1967-68 


1966-67 


52 


48 


49 


71 


8 


8 


9 


20 


24 


42 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

. WAR MEMORIAL BOOKINGS 

Comparative figures for 1967-68 and fiscal 1966-67 
are as follows: 

Grand Opera 
*Symphony Concerts 
Spring Opera 
Musical Concerts 
Ballets 
School Graduations 

Rehearsals - Opera House 263 347 

Musical Attractions and 

Rehearsals, Veterans Bldg. 108 252 

Miscellaneous 7 - 

520 788 

*Due to seven weeks of negotiations between the Symphony 

Association and the Musicians' Union, the Symphony season was cut 

by 21 performances, resulting in a total of 49 appearances in 

1967-68 versus 71 in the previous fiscal year. 

Once again, we are faced with the problem of accommodat- 
ing longer Opera and Symphony seasons. We are unable to meet the 
requests of the San Francisco Ballet and the Spring Opera for 
additional dates in the Opera House. Our inability to provide 
time in the Opera House for these important San Francisco cultural 
groups should spur the efforts of all concerned to make available 
expanded facilities in the War Memorial complex. 
. BUDGET - REVENUES 

We submit comparative figures: 

1967-68 1966-67 

Budget $902,871 $1,128,281 

Revenues 123,661 143,181 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

Income totaled $123,661, or a decrease of $19,520 
versus the previous fiscal year. Net sales from the bar and 
food concession totaled $106, 112 , or a decrease of $12,439. 

During the fiscal year 1966-67, the War Memorial 

Opera House enjoyed its greatest year, both from the standpoint 

of attendance as well as revenue. Unfortunately, the 21 canceled 

performances during the 1967-68 fiscal year prevented us from 

reaching a new record from the point of attendance and revenue. 

. MAIN ITEMS OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND /OR MAJOR REHABILITATION 
FROM FUNDS AVAILABLE TO US - 1967-68 FISCAL YEAR 

We continue to make progress in our fight against the 
deterioration of the present buildings and badly needed rehabili- 
tation and modernization of the structures. In these projects 
there remains an enormous amount of work to be done I 

From the approved monies in the 1966-67 budget we 
made a start with improvements of the administrative and production 
areas of the Opera House, and also included some items in lighting, 
a new inter-communication system, and closed-circuit TV. Import- 
ant structural changes in the basement of the Art Museum were 
authorized. These specific projects are practically completed 
and the final work is underway in restoring the dressing rooms 
on the south side of the Opera House to their original use. Of- 
fices for the important Opera production center have been built 
on the north side, with efficient recovery of additional space 
in that area. 

The 1967-68 budget included a capital improvement 
appropriation of $239,860, for the following items: 



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Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

A. Stage recurtaining - Opera House $215,825 

1) Main contour curtain with controls 

2) Valance 

3) Tormentor towers and light bridge 

4) Traveler curtain 

5) Organ loft curtains 

B. Architectural fees, plans, specifications, 

inspection, etc. 16,300 

*C . New passenger elevator, 

north side, Opera House 42,600 

*Supplemental appropriation in the above 
amount was approved by the Mayor and 
Board of Supervisors, March 29, 1968. 

Funds were also made available for continuation of 
our work on improvements in the basement space--Veterans Building-- 
allotted to the Museum of Art. 

These projects are under contract and well underway. 
The beautiful new curtains are operating for the present Opera 
season, but on the old motors. The new motors and controls are 
awaiting installation when the contractor is enabled to bring 
his workers back on the stage, at the end of the Opera season - 
late November. 
. MAJOR REHABILITATION AND MAINTENANCE ITEMS 

It has been generally recognized that over a long 
period of years the small sums granted by the City for maintenance 
and repair of the War Memorial gave no opportunity to fight wear 
and tear and the ravages of time. This situation was at last 
understood and increases were granted in this appropriation in 
the last several budgets. Your Board was thereby enabled to in- 
crease the amount of money in our quarterly work orders to the 
Department of Public Works. We would like to express special 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

thanks from our Board and management for the fine cooperative 
assistance and supervision of the Department of Public Works. 
Good thinking and many helpful suggestions from this Department 
have enabled us to make the best usage of the maintenance and 
repair funds granted us. 

In the 1967-68 budget, the sum of $63,000 was approved 
for major and minor repairs to the physical properties of the 
War Memorial. Included in this sum was an item of $12,000 for 
a contract covering maintenance of our 13 elevators. This main- 
tenance and 'emergency call-back service' has saved the War 
Memorial from major elevator breakdowns and consequent disruption 
of service to our patrons. Our elevators have been in service 
for over 35 years. They are in constant need of preventive 
maintenance and crying for modern replacements . 

During the past fiscal year our complex has been 
modernized, as indicated below. The following major items com- 
pleted during fiscal 1967-68 were charged against our repair budget: 

Elevator maintenance and standby service 

Repairs to pneumatic steam valves 

Repairs to hot water heater and storage tank 

Repairs to Johnson Control System 

Refinishing bronze screen and ornamentation 

Repairs to plumbing fixtures 

Repair roofs and expansion joints 

Waterproofing various areas 

Repair skylights and gutters 

Painting of ceilings, Rotunda, Veterans Building 

Also charged against our repair budget: 
Cleaning entire backstage area, Opera House . $12,000 
For the first time in 15 years we could authorize a major clean- 
ing project: the upper and lower grids, fly galleries, proscenium 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

arch and organ lofts have been vacuumed, cleaned and treated. 
This required a force of 20 men and the erection of steel-work 
extending over 75 feet in height to accomplish this most diffi- 
cult operation. 
. WAR MEMORIAL HOUSEKEEPING 

We list the following improvements: 

Acoustical tile, box level and lower lounge area $6,500 

Extension of box level refreshment counter 1,000 

Improvement of storage and exhibit area, Art Museum 2,500 
New vinyl entrance mats on the southeast and 

north sides - Opera House 1,000 

Drapes and recovering of settees 1,000 

. MUSEUM OF ART HOUSEKEEPING 

During the fiscal 1967-68 additional refurbishing has 

taken place, consisting of the following: 

Painting of south and east corridors as well as Statuary Court. 
Enlargement of storage and exhibit area, west and north galleries. 
Conversion of Rooms 319-22-23-24 in the Veterans Building for 
painting classes for youth and for lectures. 

. BUDGET ITEMS FOR THE GENERAL DEPARTMENT AND THE ART MUSEUM 

As requested in your memorandum of August 21, 1968, we 

list the following budget items for the General Department as 

well as for the Art Museum : 

General Department 

7.691.200.000 Contractual Services 

7.691.300.000 Materials and Supplies 

7.691.400.000 Equipment 

7.691.801.000 Compensation Insurance 

7.691.815.000 P.D. and P.L. Insurance 

7.691.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

7.691.237.000 Scavenger Services 

7.691.812.000 Fidelity Insurance 

7.691.218.000 Maintenance and Repair 

Office Machines 

7.691.232.000 Telephone Service 





Expenditures 


Budget 


as of 6/30/68 


$67,845 


$67,387 


8,400 


(8,785) 


3,275 


3,270 


500 


500 


2,600 


2,600 


26,460 


25,913 


2,425 


1,956 


200 


200 


75 


18 


925 


(1,125) 



500 


500 


700 


387 


7,050 


6,985 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

Art Museum 

7.692.200.000 Contractual Services 
7.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 
7.692.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

. FALL OPERA SEASON 

Under the capable direction of General Director Kurt 
Herbert Adler, the Fall Opera Season will open on September 13, 
1968, with a record number of 54 performances, the longest season 
in our history. The San Francisco Opera Company continues to earn 
international praise for its outstanding repertoire and sterling 
performances . 

The present construction work in the administrative 
and production departments (backstage) has made rehearsals and 
preparation for the September 13, 1968 opening night a trying and 
complicated time for all concerned. To effect major repairs and 
changes backstage during the preparations for the Opera season 
requires patience and understanding all around. Every effort is 
being made by the War Memorial Trustees and its staff to have 
our facilities in the best possible condition for the opening. 
We are particularly appreciative of the efforts of our building 
contractor; our architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and the 
fine staff of the City Bureau of Architecture, for cooperative 
effort. 
. STAFF 

During the past year, John Cadigan has replaced Mark 
Matthews as Senior Account Clerk in the Executive Offices. 

Donald Michalske has joined our staff as Acting 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

Assistant Managing Director and Executive Secretary. E. Lawrence 
George, after 22 years of faithful and efficient service, has re- 
tired . 

Mrs. Mae Sandness continues as our helpful and capable 
Principal Clerk-Stenographer. 

Our Managing Director, Joseph J. Allen, through his own 
cheerful and tireless efforts, leads a smooth-running and efficient 
staff at the War Memorial. 
. ' OPERA HOUSE GALLERY' OR EXHIBIT HALL 

This is a project of the War Memorial Board. 

Having studied the galleries or museums in some of the 
famous opera houses abroad, it has been the ambition of your War 
Memorial Board to sponsor and develop a similar display in our 
Opera House. San Francisco's operatic and musical background and 
the City's many collectors of operatic and theatrical memorabilia 
certainly deserve the opportunity to develop such an exhibit here. 
Accordingly, your Board of Trustees has converted the south 
mezzanine area into this 'Exhibit Hall for the Performing Arts.' 
The first exhibit displays programs, stage models of operas in- 
cluded in this year's repertoire, playbills, photographs of rare 
productions, etc. It is intended that the exhibit will change 
for the Symphony and Ballet seasons and that it will sponsor 
exhibits of special interest. In due time, we can build a fine, 
permanent collection of San Francisco cultural history. The 
Society of California Pioneers has been most cooperative in 
assisting the War Memorial Trustees in our start with the exhibit, 
lending its expert advice and counsel in the person of its 
Director and Curator, Dr. Elliot Evans. 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

REQUIREMENTS AT THE WAR MEMORIAL 

Prompt Requirements - Existing Structures 

We earnestly request that the City give reconsidera- 
tion to the expediting of all work already outlined for the exist- 
ing buildings as an immediate program to be entered upon and com- 
pleted in a period of about two years. These are not new projects, 
but actually a 'debt from the past, 1 when rehabilitation and pro- 
tection of the precious structures was not considered. On this 
basis, the rehabilitation requirements perhaps deserve a priority 
consideration over any new City projects, so that we may protect 
what we already have. Sincere effort has been made by the City 
to furnish us with additional funds. However, we are now facing 
some of the important and major items, a number of which can 
hardly be tackled piecemeal. Special consideration should be given 
to the 'show business' aspects. We have to work around the acti- 
vities of our tenants. The needs of the present buildings require 
action on a complete plan, which our architects prepared several 
years ago. 

It should be noted that in considering the 1968-69 

budget allotments, we at the War Memorial have (under earlier 

budget approval) construction documents and specifications ready 

for bidding , and these plans (paid for) cover the following items-- 

which have been on our high-priority list: 

Stage lighting and controls - Opera House 

Stage rigging - Opera House 

Backstage production areas - Opera House 

Elevator modernization - Opera House and Veterans Building 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

Please note that these items were listed with our complete 
budget request of last year. They will now be reestimated, plus 
escalation costs, with our new budget submission. Our architect- 
ural/engineer advisors are available for consultation with you 
or any City group and are pleased to help. 

In the interest of efficiency, money should be pro- 
vided promptly to allow this work to go out to bid and to get 
the reconstruction started. The critical needs were registered 
several years ago. The technical equipment backstage requires 
a long manufacturing period and this should be taken into con- 
sideration. 

Actually, some of the badly needed improvements, i.e., 
air-conditioning, modernization of Veterans Auditorium, plumb- 
ing and heating changes, new electric wiring, etc., --all badly 
needed—are not even on the drawing-board as yet. 

Summarizing our Prompt Requirements - Existing Struc- 
tures : 

1) The buildings need adequate and increasing funds in the 
maintenance and repair category. During the last two years 
the funds allotted enabled us to improve matters, but as the 
buildings get older there are daily problems of disintegration 
and need of emergency repair. We must keep the overworked 
buildings in operation. Please, therefore, maintain for us 

an adequate fund in this category. 

2) Our rehabilitation and construction program should be speeded 
up. Sufficient funds should be supplied to enable us to make 
use of the major part of the plans and specifications which 
have been readied on earlier budget authority, i.e., backstage 
items, modernization of elevators, etc. 

If priorities are to be considered on any of these 

*items, we shall be pleased to have the opportunity of discussing 

a rehabilitation program in detail, based on construction timing, 

etc. (*See page 9) 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

. REQUIREMENTS FOR SPACE AND NEW FACILITIES - EXPANSION 
Land Across Franklin Street 

As early as April 1959 the City Planning Commission 
adopted the Civic Center Development Plan as part of the public 
facilities section of its Master Plan. Under this setup it was 
always indicated that the land west of Franklin Street be desig- 
nated for Opera House or War Memorial expansion. To protect the 
War Memorial, in our badly needed expansion program, your War 
Memorial Board requested of, and was granted by, the Board of 
Supervisors, a Resolution--768-67 , adopted by the Mayor, December 
1, 1967. We quote in part: 

DECLARING INTENTION TO ACQUIRE REAL PROPERTY IN 
ASSESSOR'S BLOCKS 785 AND 792 FOR EXPANSION OF 
THE WAR MEMORIAL AND OPERA HOUSE. 



WHEREAS, Construction of an Opera auxiliary building 
from funds to be provided in the future is necessary 
to carry out long range plans of providing adequate 
and necessary cultural facilities for the people of 
San Francisco; and 

WHEREAS, On June 10, 1965 the City Planning Com- 
mission found that the proposed expansion of the 
War Memorial on both Assessor's Blocks 785 and 792 
was in conformity with the Master Plan; now therefore, 
be it 

RESOLVED, That it is the firm intent of this Board 
of Supervisors to acquire portions of the two above- 
mentioned blocks immediately west of the Opera House 
and War Memorial Building extending west to the 
Central Freeway and to the proposed diagonal streets 
included in the Redevelopment Plan for expansion of 
this cultural center subject to the budget and fiscal 
provisions of the Charter and to proceed with the 
construction of an Opera auxiliary building, and, 
be it 

FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Clerk of the Board of 
Supervisors be instructed to communicate with the 
Redevelopment Agency with the request that the Re- 
development Agency do everything possible to assist 
the City in accomplishing the City's objective of 
insuring ultimate public use of this property. 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

Your War Memorial Board is on record that the complex 
must be expanded on the above indicated property if we are to 
offer proper service to the cultural institutions using the now 
inadequate facilities. 

To keep this activity in our City, we must have auxiliary 
space, rehearsal halls, mock-up stages and other production re- 
quirements—all adjacent to the present Opera House. This is 
of tremendous value to the City for increased employment (musicians 
singers, stagehands, actors, and many others), youth and adult 
education, entertainment, and the attraction of thousands of 
money-spending visitors to San Francisco. To protect this great 
value, we must move towards plans and financing for the needed 
additional facilities at the War Memorial or we neglect our 
City's opportunities. 

The critically needed 2700-seat Concert Hall, as planned 

across Franklin Street west of the Opera House--a dual-purpose 

hall to serve as a home for the Symphony and our Ballet--is a 

requirement now . The building should be designed in conjunction 

with the rehearsal and administrative facilities which are needed 

to maintain our Opera center. The plan for expansion across 

Franklin Street should be acted upon promptly and with courage . 

Planning Expansion 

May we suggest that the appropriate City departments be requested 

to kindly assist with the following information: 

1. Prospects for garage space for War Memorial patrons. (This 

is most important if we are to place the institutions on a 

paying basis. (Los Angeles has already had to enlarge its 
Music Center garage) . 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 10, 1968 

a) Feasibility study for an underground garage below the 
proposed Musical Arts Building across Franklin Street. 

b) Study of prospects for other guaranteed garage space 

to service the War Memorial in the proposed new building 
across Grove Street and south of the Opera House. 

c) Any other garage space which can be made available adjacent 
to our complex. 

2. We need information about the possibility of using gas tax 
funds to finance the suggested Franklin Street underpass. 

3. Information required as to the possibility of utilizing 
revenue bonds or private finance, in connection with pro- 
posed War Memorial garage across Franklin Street. 

Funds for Definite Engineering and Architectural Planning Across 
Franklin St-rppf 

Requests for these funds have been deleted from our 
budget for several years. We shall place another request in the 
1968-69 budget and sincerely recommend that funds be allotted to 
us so that the War Memorial can produce a detailed construction 
proposal and designs for the building. 
. WAR MEMORIAL BOARD 

At the War Memorial we have studied carefully, through 
our own experience there and with the help of highly qualified 
architects and engineers, the needs of the complex. We make our 
decisions on what we consider best for San Francisco and the great 
institutions of education, music and entertainment so dependent on 
the War Memorial complex. 

Under Section 44 of the Charter it would seem to be 
our responsibility to express the needs of the institution we 
have been delegated to operate. The financing of the needs is 
not our responsibility, although we always endeavor to be help- 
ful by working towards efficiency in management and increasing 
the revenues wherever possible. 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto 



September 10, 1968 



If in San Francisco first things are to be considered 
first, then a plan should be developed by the City to protect, 
develop and nurture one of its great basic institutions -- the 
War Memorial. 



Respectfully submitted. 



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Wilson Meyer 
President 
War Memorial 
Board of Trustees 




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Donald J.MichaLSKE. Executive Secretary and Assistant Managing Director 

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EXECUTIVE OFFICE • SUITE 110 • VETERANS' BUILDING 
SAS FRANCISCO. CALIFORNIA 9410J 
TELEPHONE 621-6500 



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President 
Chicory A. Harrison 

Vice Pn 
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September 29, 1969 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto 

Mayor of the City of San Francisco 

200 City Hall 

San Francisco, California 9^102 

Dear Mayor Alioto : 



DOCUMENTS 

FEB 3 1972 

SAN FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC UBRARV 



.STATEMENT OP ACTIVITIES, PAST FISCAL YEAE 
.COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 
.STATEMENT OF IMPORTANT IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND 
FUTURE PLANNING 

In compliance with your request of September 3, 19&9 
we now submit the following: 

Members of the Board .Frederic Campagnoli, President 

Gregory A. Harrison, Vice President 

Philip S. Boone 

Richard P. Cooley 

Mrs. Joseph Cuneo 

George T. Davis 

Prentis Cobb Hale 

Sam K. Harrison 

Moses Lasky 

Wilson Meyer 

Mrs. Madeleine H. Russell 



Staff 



.Joseph J. Allen 



Managing Director 



Donald J. MIchalske Assistant Managing 

Director and Executive 
Secretary 



Mrs. Mae Sandness 
Robert Higgins 



Principal Clerk- 
Stenographer 

Senior Account Clerk 



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WAR MEMORIAL BOOKINGS 



1968-69 


1967-68 


61 


52 


77 


49 


8 


8 


9 


9 


23 


24 


265 


263 


81 


108 


_4 


_L 


528 


520 



Comparative figures for 1968-69 and fiscal 1967-68 are as 
follows: 



Grand Opera 
Symphony Concerts 
Spring Opera 
Musical Concerts 
Ballets 

Rehearsals-Opera House 
Musical Attractions and 

Rehearsals, Veterans' Bldg. 
Miscellaneous 



As you will note from the above, both the Symphony and 
Opera Seasons have been lengthened and the prospects are that 
they will continue to be lengthened in the future. As a conse- 
quence, we are unable to meet the requests of the San Francisco 
Ballet and Spring Opera, as well as other musical attractions 
for additional dates in the Opera House. This has become a 
serious problem and results in the denial to the citizens of 
our community of the opportunity to enjoy numerous outstanding 
cultural attractions each year. Because of the almost total 
occupancy of the Opera House by the Symphony and the Opera and 
our inability, as a result thereof to rent the Opera House to 
other tenants, we are mindful of the fact that we must expand 
our facilities in the immediate area of the War Memorial complex. 
BUDGET - REVENUES 

We submit comparative figures: 

1968-69 1967-68 

Budget $899,163 $834,706 

Rentals 128,135 123,661 

Concessions 15,190 13,268 



Honorable Joseph L. Alnoto beptember ^-j, ±yby 

Income totaled $128,135 or an increase of $4,4.74- versus the 
previous fiscal year. Net sales from the bar and food concession 
totaled $114,575 or an increase of $8,465. 

During the fiscal year 1968-69 the War Memorial Opera House 

enjoyed its greatest year both from the standpoint of attendance 

as well as revenue. 

MAIN ITEMS OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND/OR MAJOR REHABILITATION 
FROM FUNDS AVAILABLE TO US - 1968-69 FISCAL YEAR 

Although we are making progress in our fight against the 
many years of neglect, badly needed rehabilitation and moderni- 
zation of the structures have taken place and we still have a 
long way to go. 

The 1968-69 budget included a capital improvement appro- 
priation of $255^000 for the following items: 

A. Stage Equipment, Opera House $186,000 
Rehabilitation and or replacement of stage 

lighting, dimmers, main switchboard controls, 
scenery and lighting rigging, motorized ele- 
vators for stage traps and sound effects system. 
Inefficiency of present overhead lighting results 
in the necessity of setting the teaser so low 
that in many productions the balcony audience 
cannot see upstage action. The purchase and in- 
stallation of this equipment will reduce sub- 
stantially the cost of renting portable light- 
ing equipment for the main opera productions 
presently staged. 

B. Art Museum Rehabilitation 69,000 
The redesign of Museum of Art, receiving a 

storage area and humidity and control of price- 
less objects of art, has been completed. Car- 
pentry repair restoration and storage of paint- 
ings, sculptures and exhibitions are now housed 
in this very functional area. This has greatly 
facilitated the handling of the various works of 
art and the storage of same in an area that was 
cluttered, dingy and unuseable. 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 29, 1969 

MAJOR REHABILITATION AND MAINTENANCE ITEMS 

During the past quarter of a century meager funds were ob- 
tained by budget appropriation to maintain the War Memorial 
complex, which is one-half times larger in area than the City 
Hall. It was through your efforts that our Board of Trustees 
was enabled to increase the amount of money in our quarterly 
work orders to continue our long overdue preventive maintenance 
projects. 

May I take this opportunity to commend the Department of 
Public Works for its assistance and supervision over these many 
items of maintenance and repair. In the 1968-69 budget the sum 
of $63,900 was approved for major and minor repairs to the physical 
properties of the War Memorial. We have renewed our elevator 
maintenance contract, having found that this maintenance and 
"emergency call back service" have saved the V/ar Memorial from 
major elevator shutdowns and consequent disruption of service to 
our thousands of patrons. We must keep our elevators in service 
by this method; however, we are crying for modern replacements. 

During the past fiscal year the following major improvements 
have been made and chargeable to our repairs to public building 
appropriation : 

Elevator inspection and standby service $11,672.52 

Repair floodlight reflectors, etc. both bldgs. 4,500.00 

Repairs to copper roof, stage block O.H. 3,000.00 

" " , V.B. 3,000.00 

" " sidewalks and driveways 3^000.00 

n " drinking water filter 650.00 

Repair lawn sprinklers 5,000.00 

Plans-north gallery Art Museum 1,800.00 

Iron fence--W.M. complex • 800.00 

Paint 2nd floor promenade & stairs, hall ceilings O.H. 1,110.00 

Paint 4th floor promenade & stairs, hall ceilings O.H. 1,110.00 

Bids O.H. special stage lighting 1,200.00 

Repair iron fence V/ar Memorial Court 4,847.00 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 29, 1969 

OPERA HOUSE 

During fiscal 1968-69 the Opera Association completed its 
move from the south to the north side of the Opera House. They 
now occupy an. area three times the size of their former office 
space with modern lighting and decor, which includes functional 
office staff arrangement and improved sanitary facilities. During 
the middle part of the fiscal year work commenced on the new 
passenger elevator servicing the two floors of the aforementioned 
Opera Association production and administrative offices. This 
move of the Opera Association offices to the north side has not 
only provided better facilities for the Opera, but has also 
assisted the Symphony by removing personnel and equipment from 
the fourth floor of the Opera House. The space on the south side 
of the Opera House vacated by the Opera Association has been 
converted back into dressing rooms which was its original use, 
and which dressing rooms were badly needed. 

In September of fiscal 1968-69 a beautiful exhibit hall was 
opened on the mezzanine box level floor, south side of the Opera 
House. This previously unused area was rehabilitated to accommo- 
date exhibits of symphony and opera memorabilia. It is a focal 
point for thousands of patrons who attend our various functions 
and this exhibit gallery has received national attention. The 
exhibit changes for the symphony, opera and ballet seasons. 
Various individual tours are conducted by Interested groups from 
both public and parochial schools. 

VETERANS ' BUILD ING 

During the fiscal year of 1968-69 the Symphony Association 
moved into its new quarters made possible by a gift to the City 
of % 20, 000 to renovate and refurbish Rooms 107 and 108. The 
beautiful Green Room on the second floor was the setting for . 
the Opera Guild's pre-opera dinner attended by over 500 diners. 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 29, 1969 

BUDGET IT EMS FOR THE GENERAL DEPARTMENT AND THE AR T M USEUM 

As requested in your memorandum we list the following budget 
items for the General De partment and the Art M useum . 

General Department 

8.691.200.000 Contractual Services 

8.691.300.000 Materials and Supplies 

8.691.400.000 Equipment 

8. 691. 801. 000 Compensation Insurance 

8.691.815.000 P.D. and P.L. Insurance 

8.691.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

8.691.237.000 Scavenger Services 

8.691.812.000 Fidelity Insurance 

8. 691. 218. 000 Maintenance and Repair 

Office Machines 

8.691.232.000 Telephone Service 

Art Museum 

8.692.200.000 Contractual Services 
8.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 
8.692.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

FALL OPERA SEASON 

Under the direction of Kurt Herbert Adler the Fall Opera 
Season opened on September 16, 1969 and will present a record 
number of 56 performances, signaling the longest season in our 
history. The San Francisco Opera Company is internationally 
famed for its outstanding repertoire and professional performances, 

STAFF 

Daring the past year E. Lawrence George, Assistant Managing 
Director and Executive Secretary, retired and Donald Michalske 
has succeeded Mr. George in this capacity. 

Edgar McCoy, elevator operator Art Museum, was retired after 
long and faithful service for a quarter of a century. 





Expenditures 


Budget 


as of 6/30/69 


68,603 


$68,008 


8,970 


8,632 


2,681 


2,673 


500 


500 


2,600 


2.600 


28,460 


30,579 


2 , 320 


2,578 


200 


200 


75 


-0- 


1,040 


1,168 


350 


350 


700 


551 


7,200 


7,096 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 29, 1969 



REQUrREI-'IEHTG FOR SPACE AN D NEW FACILITIES - EXPATS ION 

Land Across Franklin Street - As stated in our 1967-58 annual 
report the City Planning Commission has adopted the Civic Center 
Development" Plan, which includes the property west of Franklin Street 
between Grove and McAllister Streets, and has designated this pro- 
perty for Opera House and War Memorial expansion. This plan was 
approved by the Board of Supervisors, Resolution 768-67 and adopted 
by the Mayor or September 1, 1967, "Declaring intention to acquire 
real property in Assessor's blocks 785 and 792 for expansion of the 
War Memorial and Opera House", in connection with this proposed 
expansion the Board of Supervisors in March 1969 accepted a gift 
of $37?000 from the Zellerbach Family Foundation to prepare pre- 
liminary plans and sketches for a proposed Performing Arts Building 
on Franklin Street in the area referred to above and recommended 
that the architectura] firm of DeMars & Wells be appointed as archi- 
tects for this work. A. contract with said firm has been executed 
and the project is underway. 

WAR MEMORIAL BOAPJD 

In February 1969 lour Honor appointed three new Trustees - 
Mrs. Joseph Cuneo, Moses Lasky and Mrs. Madeleine H. Russell, replacing 
Trustees Harold Hubbard, Sam Sayad and Ralph J. A. Stern. Also re- 
appointed for a six year term was Trastee Philip Boone. 

As War Memorial Trustees we are mindful of our duties and 
responsibilities as expressed under Section 44 of the Charter. We 
have made our decisions on what we consider best for San Francisco 
and its cultural development. We consider the Opera House as the 
only public edifice designed exclusively for the performing arts and 
as a mecca for the countless thousands of citizens young and old, 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 29, 1969 



seeking cultural entertainment and enjoyment. We are ever mindful 
of the continuing role that vie play in the cultural life not only 
of San Francisco but of the entire ba;y area. If San Francisco is 
to continue its reputation as a city of culture and the hub of 
cultural activity for all of Northern California culture, then a 
plan must be evolved to expand and nurture one of its great basic 
institutions, the War Memorial Opera House, Veterans' Building and 
Museum of Art. 

Respectfully submitted, 



Frederic Campagnoli 

President 

War Memorial Board of Trustees 



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You will note from above that we had a considerable incre 
in Ballet performances, as well as u Lea] concerts. This coupled 

b the tremendous amount of rehearsal time requested primarily 
the Symphony and Opera' Associations compounds the problem of mak:i 
the Opera House available for additional outstanding musical and 
cultural productions. Because of the demands of our major tenani 
Opera, Symphony and Ballet, the facilities of the house are not 

liable to outside attractions and, as a consequence, the Trusi 
in the fiscal I ; 1969-70 asked for the sum of $50,000 to con 
a feasibility study for a Musical Arts Building, to be located 
of our pre; c Memorial Complex on the land bounded by Gov, 
Grove, Franklin and McAllister Streets. Through the efforts of your 
office we received the sum of $25,000. If e to relieve c 
ed facilities and provide San Francisco with 1 
space it needs to accommodate the v; s musical events which 
desire to book into San Francisco, it is mandatory that we plan f 
an addition to tb rial Complex. 

BUDGET -- 

We are pleased > Lt the following comparative figure 

1 969-70 19 
Budget $878 , 922 1'9 , 163 

Rentals ,171 128,135 

Lons 20,438 15,190 



Income totaled $!l 

previous fiscal and food cone 

period in 

last fiscal year. For the fifth consecutive ;•■ 

Opera He • I tendance for all 

events staged t: 

MAIN ITEMS OF i 'OR MAJC ILITAi: 

FROM 1 ABLE TO. US - 1969-70 FISCA.T , 

For the past four years we have made some progn •■ refur- 
bishing and ' litating the interior of the Opera Hoi ich 
for many years was neglected. Memorial is almost forty years 
old and time is taking its toll. We have just about scratched .the 
surface and have much more to do. 

1969-70 Budget included capital improvements in the amount of 
$185,000. The breakdown is as foil 

1. Opera House backstage rehabilitation $80,000 
This includes installation of carpets, draperies, acoustical 
tile ( in dressing rooms, modern make-up dressing 
table; re originally planned; rehabilitation of the 
large chor • earsal room floor, south side; rehabi" 
tation of musicians locker rooms - basement areas; complet ' 
of the interior refurbishing of the three stars Lng roo:. 
stage level; completion of wardrobe and storage cabinets in 
opera production-admini; e offices. 

2. 0; ; 3 contrc $80,000 

ope of the work tu rill include 'S, coni 

and installation of selected portions toward the eventual re] ! 
ment of all stage lig . controls. Contracts have a 
been awarded and portions of the electrics have been inst. 
prior to the present Opera Season. 

3. Feasibility study, Musical Arts Building $25,000 






MAJ 

have been most fortunate that, under your ad 

are beginning to improve our p] bhroug ace of 

quarterly work orders and special projects to continue our preveni 

maintenance program. In the .1969-70 budget the 

allocated for maintenance and repair of our physical planl . 

fortunately th a reduction of $16,500 from the prior fiscal 

year. However, by instituting strict economies, to 

provide for the folic: ,- ;n & improvemeu 

El> nee, inspection, .sta 14,000 

ing rep o copper roofs, Opera Houi 
Veterans' Building 5 000 

Partial modernization of our lavatory faucets 1^000 

> the sidewalks < iveways 5^000 

lete painting of ceilings in a] .' 
3ra Hou: ]_ 300 

Major repairs to existing sewage ejector pumps, Veterai 
Building _ 2 5 8 00 

ellaneous machine shop work of repairs to : 
valves, etc. 2 000 

. HOUSE 

During fiscal 1969-70 a major renovation took place by the 
installation of new carpeting in the entire balcony and balcony 
circle areas at a co; . This carpeting replaced the 

.ad-bare original installation made in 1932. The painting of 
ceilings on all four levels and installation of fluorescent f:' 
tures in the n ckrooms , At the beginning of 

the fiscal year 1969-70 our 1 in and traveler, 1 

Ln draper: 
the Bolshoi Ballet the early part of July and were acclaimed by all 
I as a beautiful work of art. The curtain materi; 
baly and assembled in the United States a considered the 
and most beautiful theatre curtain in the country. Paint- 
gold leafing of the - G f the Memorial 
Cov eted. This court is the most photographed area 



national periodicals fo3 arming i 

as • .rop for their feature stori 

re 
balled in the ■ .000. I 

purch; re for renl 

ancisco Opera Association and o1 
been considerai and it has been a technical impro 

Direct bro; : stage area to lower level bar areas ] 

Lai 
performances c intermission brer 

The box level exhibit area continues to be a mecca for 
thousands of patrc iting the Opera House. Exhibits are changed 
prior to the o of Opera, i y and Ballet a 

ide before per during our intermi: 

ly we have memorabilia of the early operas, costumes, c 

or students and interested s out the ye; 

for this commendable effort o Ralph J. A-. Ste 

er of the Boar trustees : 'ears and to Tm 
11. 

During the fiscal year 1969-70 a new 96 line telephone cc 
has been installed in the basement area. T3 Is will give addil 

t0 bo ' t: : Opera Associations. The cost, of 

llation aizations and 

at no cost to the ci : . 

be pointing up and repair of the artificial stone 
in t! Ln lobby, arcade and trophy galJk completed, 

be building occupied by Veterans of Roreif 
een completely refurbished b; 
Lon of fluorescent fixtures. 



that a , f 0r p0; 

as i Late leg 

zatio: 

tllat . central lo< 

public 

durir, would be one a 

shortage o: res in San Francisco. 

OF AH 

ailed by Caliill Construe 
C0K - ' and da unds for t" 

were pr< Museum of Art. A 

system at of t eum has been installed to pi 

P ric£ of art. gallery's walls end ceil 

were their original purpose. 

370 a r um of ; 

for : -tire third floor of the Veterans' Buildi: 

noted and a special committee of the Board recommended that tl um 
be S ive space adequate to its needs. All costs and e 

P en ' h adopting pace for the Museum of Ai 

borne b; 

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items fo De-part e Art 









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900 

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500 

2,8 
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10,172 

2,715 

500 

11. 

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3,094 

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42 
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350 

700 
7,300 


175 

670 

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Under the direction of Kurt Herbe] 
Season ope. er 18, 1970, and a record number of 57 pe: 

1 be pre most s 

opera season in history and marking this occasion was the opening 
performance of To ntally .e first opera presented 

in the Ope; 
1 

On July 1, 1969 Robe , Senior Account Clerk, joined 

our staff, succeeding John to the 

Office. During the past f: sar the foil' oyees have 
retired fr( orial - Carl Simas and Victor Castelli. The 

Board of s approved the bion of #2714 Janitor 

to a position of #7334 Static . This was necessary in 

for additional maintenance of new air conditioning 
equipment i . 11 as a ruling by the 

,ance Union that janii rth be restricted to 

janitorial work and not available for servicing of air fill 

ion joints, air conditie 



mee: been held I 

of the Symphc 

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phj 

eral critique on i 

located or bh west of Lin Street, beti 

are esult o ■ 7, 000 by the Zell< 

■ - At the present time t] 
in the proc 
estimates for ilding it 1,000 c; 

0n : I sived a letter of 

Truste* rd P. Cooley, who stated, that due to the pressure 

business, he \ tinue a 

Boar . 

Lber. 
' ndful 

the Clu of the Board fc ; dilig< 

the fac ! pi blic fui 

invested in th> ave exercised every prerogative to 

additional bookin b le, thereby incr. 

revenue, our concession ul of . . 

have employed c Qd to econc 

rificili: Lc and n ' to our countless thai 

of P ; to call to your atte: 

and need for economy must not overlook t] 
and re^ I ical p] ouch as I 

con; ' maintenance and rehabilitation. The denial of nee-. 

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.COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 
.STATEMENT OF IMPORTANT IM I NEEDS • 
FUTURE I ING 

In compliance with year request of September 1, 1971 we 
now submit the following: 

Members of the Board .Frederic Csn President 

Gregory A. Harrison. Vice President 

Mrs. Joseph L, Alioto 

Philip S. Boone 

Mrs. Joseph D. Ctineo 

Ge orge T. Davis 

Prentis Cobb E 

?S p TO K " r - v ">^'~' Cj 

Moses La sky 

Wilson Meyer 

Mrs. Madeleine II . Irs sell 



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.Joseph T. filler Managing Director 

Donald J. Michalske Assistant Managing 

Director and Execu 
Secre ; • 

Mrs. Mae Sandness Principal Clerk- 
Stenographer 

Robert Higgins Senior Account Clerk 



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83 


73 


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MORTAL ] _ , RS ALS 

mparative figures for L 1970-71 ttfid follov 

Grand Opera 

Symphony 

Musical Concerts 

Ballets 

Rehearsals Opera House 

Musical attractions and 

rehearsals, Veterans' Bldg. 
Miscellaneous 

586 566 

For the sixth consecutive year bookings and rehearsals have 

increased, as indicated above, which further emphasizes the .need 

for an additional Performing Arts facility. luring the past fiscal 

year, through the generosity of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, 

the sum of $35,000 was given to the City and County of San Francisco 

to conduct a feasibility study for a new facility, which would 

include not only a fine symphony hall but a hall adaptable to Ballet 

and other cultural performances as well. It is our understanding 

that this feasibility study will be completed within the next few 

months and it is hoped that ways and means may be found to make 

possible this much needed additional Performing Arts facility. 

Your War Memorial Board is on record that our present complex must 

be expanded on property bounded b. Grove, Franklin, McAlIi; ber and 

Gough Streets, if we are to offer proper services to the cultural 

institutions presently using our inadequate facilities and the 

anticipated needs of the future. 

BUDGET - REVENUES 

We are pleased to submit the following comparative figures: 

1970-71 1969-70 

Budget $773,569 $878,922 

Rentals 177,013 158,171 

Concessions 23,686 20,438 



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Honorable Joseph L. Alioto , 1971 

Income totaled $177»012 or an increase of $18,84-2 over a ] 
period in the past fiscal . There has been a steady incr« 
in income for the past six years. This has coincided with the 
tremendous demands made upon our Board for the use of the Opera 
House facilities and again points up the necessity for the expansion 
of our War Memorial complex. 
HAJOiV ITATIOK AITD I-^IlTTTliTAIICE ITET 

For the past five years some progress in the refurbishing 
and rehabilitation of the Opera House and Veterans' Building has 
taken place. The 1970-71 budget request for Capital Improvements 
in the amount of $222,000 was completely eliminated due to strict 
economies enforced on all departments of city government and, as a 
consequence, we were left with no funds to continue our long range 
program for the complete rehabilitation of the War Memorial Complex 
and the Opera House in particular. In the 1970-71 budget the sum 
of $4-7,4-00 was approved for major and minor repairs, as well as 
maintenance of our fifteen elevators. One of the major items for 
which this fund is used is the elevator maintenance - standby ser- 
vice contract, which has proven to be quite successful in keeping 
our elevators, many forty years old, in excellent running condit: 
No major stoppages have occurred to inconvenience the thousands of 
patrons attending performances in the War Memorial Complex. 

During the past fiscal year the following major improvemen 
and services have been made under this contractual services appro- 
priation: 
Elevator inspection ' ' y service $13?* 

Continuing repairs to copper roofs, gutters, etc. , 

both buildings 5,000 

Rehabilitation of all lavatory faucets 1 ,000 

Sidewalk and driveway repairs, central court and 

taxi entrance 5*000 



Honorable ■' klioto -pt ember 15 1 

iletion of ] ' , Interior 
Opera Hoi .800 

Major overhaul GPM sewage ejector pumps, 

Veterans' Building 2,800 

Miscellaneous maintenance and repair items, War 

Memorial complex, DPW 16,000 

OPERA HOUSE 

From our V/ar Memorial Reserve Fund we have completely re car- 
peted the Grand Tier and Dress Circle areas in the amount of $18,400. 
This installation has received many favorable comments from our 
patrons and completes the work in the upper portion of the Opera 
House. The box level promenade and orchestra sv< I vrc '1 be under- 
taken when funds are available. 

The storeroom in the basement, backstage area, has now been 
converted into a modern music library to accommodate the expanded 
musical scores of the Symphony and Opera Associations. Also in the 
approximate area of the music library a new orchestra manager's 
office has been developed, which will facilitate the work of both 
associations- and make readily available the manager for conferences 
with the musicians, who occupy space adjacent to this office. 

Further remodeling to the backstage area has been completed, 
which consists of new carpeting, acoustical tile and drapes in the 
choral room and the installation of modern dressing room mirrors 
and perimeter lighting, as well as carpeting, painting and acous- 
tical tile in the stars' dressing rooms and second and third level 
dressing rooms, as well. This work was performed under appropriations 
received in previous ;, ir . - ■ /' r long range rehabilitation 

of the War Memorial which have now had to be abandoned, with thousands 
of dollars expended for plans and specifications. Another item of 
major importance was the complete re- roping of the backstage drops. 
This work consists of recabling the four power sets, the two border 
light centers and the main teaser. This work was done in accordance 
with the request- of the State of California Industrial Accident 
Commission. 

The mezzanine box level exhibit area continues to attract 
thousands of patrons, visiting our Opera House during the Symphony 
and Opera seasons. Exhibits are changed frequently to provide 



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Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 15, 1' 

interest and variety. We have now accumulated a tore of 
Symphony and Opera memorabilia. Many tours are conducted for 
students and other interested groups under the able direction of 
our concierge, Julian Bagley. Our Trustee Madeleine H. Russell is 
the liaison between the Board of Trustees and the respective asso- 
ciations, concerning the various exhibits. 
VETERANS' BUIIBI1TG 

Extensive remodeling has taken place on the third floor of 
the Veterans' Building, which formerly housed meeting rooms and a 
library. Through the excellent' cooperation of the War' Memorial 
Commission this space was given to the Museum of Art for its 
expansion, which will house the administrative offices and class- 
rooms for teaching of art to the young people. In connection 
with this expansion the Museum of Art at its own expense remodeled 
the mens 1 veterans clubroom, second floor, dividing this large area 
into a modern meeting hall and clubroom facility. This remodeling 
has met with the enthusiastic response of those veterans playing 
cards and billiards. 

Another item of major importance was the complete cleaning 
of the cast stone facing in the main lobby and the painting of 
the vaulted ceiling to provide a more attractive interior. In 
connection with veterans' activities, the Museum of Art has provided 
at no cosi to the City twenty five additional lockers for the housing 
of the various veterans' groups paraphernalia. This in addition to 
the lookers on hand are housed in Room 226 and are easily accessible 
to the various veterans' organzations meeting in the Veterans' 
Building. Two large meeting rooms on the second floor have been 
completely repainted and new drapes installed. All Venetian blinds 
were taken down and repainted to match the decor of these meeting 
rooms. 



Honorable • - Lioto Septemb >, 1971 

B UDGET ITEMS, ETC . 

As requested in your memorandum, we list the followinj 
for the General Department and the Museum of I 

G ( • 1 1 ■ ■■) -al Department 

0.691.200.000 Contractual Services 

0.691.300.000 Materials and Supplies 

0.691.400.000 Equipment 

0.691. 801. 000 Compensation Insurance 

0.691.815.000 P.D.and P.L. Insurance 

0.691. 231. 000 Heat, Light and Power 

0.691.237.000 Scavenger Services 

0.691.812.000 Fidelity Insurance 

0.691.218.000 Maintenance a] pair 

Office Machines 

0.691.232.000 Telephone Service 

Art Museum 

0.692.200.000 Contractual Services 

0.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 

0.692.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

FALL OPERA SEASON 

Under the capable direction of Dr» Kurt Adler the Fall Opera 
Season opened on September 18, 1970 with a record number of 57 
performances. This was the most successful opera season in his- 
tory with complete sellouts on the majority of performances. 
Following the opening performance a gala dinner dance sponsored 
by the 1 pera Guild was staged in the main foyer of the Opera House 
and attended by over 400 of San Francisco's elite. 
EEQJJ] : 1ILI ] EXPANSION 

As stated in my previous annual report to you and as indi- 
cated in my present report, there is still a vital need for 
additional auxiliary space, rehearsal halls, mock-up stages and 
symphony hall adjacent to our present Opera House-. The critically 
needed 2,700 seat concert hall, as planned across Franklin Street 
west of the Opera House, should be given the highest priority. 
The feasibility study recommendations will shortly be released 
and it is hoped that our government, business and cultural leaders 





Expenditures 


Budget 


)/71 


$56,447 


$55,225 


9,200 


9,615 


2,690 


2,670 


5,000 


5,000 


11,000 


11,019 


28,000 


26,339 


3,094 


3,094 


, 


200 


75 


I 


1,200 


1,361 


300 


287 


650 


663 


8,000 


7,967 



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will embark on • an to finance the construction of th' j ity, 

if we are to remain the cultural center of the Wc 

Under Section 44 of the Charter it is our obligation to 
express' the present and future needs of the War Memorial of San 
Francisco. We feel that it is our obligation to provide the 
proper setting for the finest in Symphony, Opera and Ballet pre- - 
sentations for the enjoyment of our citizenry and it is our 
intention to pursue this policy to the best of our ability. 

Respectfully submitted, 

,; 

FC:ms Frederic Campagnoli, President 

Board of Trustees 
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DOCUMENTS 

SEP 2 1972 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto 

Mayor ox the City and County of San Francisco 

200 City Hall 

San Francisco, California 94-102 

Dear Kayor Alioto: 

.STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES , PAST FISCAL YEAR 
.COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 
.STATEMENT OF IMPOETANT IMMEDIATE NEEDS 
AND FUTURE PLANNIITG 

In compliance with your request of August 25, 1972, v. r e now submit 
the following: 



Members of the Board 



.Frederic Campagnoli, President 
Gregory A. Harrison, Vice President 
Mrs. Joseph L. Alioto 
Philip S. Boone 
Mrs. Joseph D. Cuneo 
George T. Davis 

Sam K. Harrison 

Moses La shy 

Wilson Meyer 

Mrs. Madeleine H. Russell 



Staff 



.Joseph J. Allen 
Donald J. Michalske 

Mrs. Mae Sandness 
Robert Higgins 



Managing Director 

Assistant Managing 
Director and Executive 
Secretary 

Principal. Clerk- 
Stenographer 

Senior Account Clerk 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto 



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September 12, 1972 



V/AR MEMORIAL BOOKINGS ATI]) REHEARSALS 

Comparative figures for Fiscal Year 1971-72 and 1970-71 are as follow 



1971-72 



1970-71 



Grand Opera-Youth Opera 

Symphony 

Musical Concerts 

Ballets 

Rehearsals Opera House 

Musical attractions and 

rehearsals. Veterans' Bldg. 
Miscellaneous 



63 


54 


103 


83 


15 


15 


41 


53 


227 


269 


93 


109 


r. 


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586 



As indicated above it is quite obvious that an additional performing 
arts facility is most urgently needed. It has been our experience 
over the past few years that due to the lack of availability, several 
National a2id International attractions had to by-pass San Francisco. 

As noted above under the heading of "Ballet", a ten performance 
appearance of the scheduled famed Eolshi Ballet was cancelled due to 
International tensions at that time. Hence, we suffered a loss of 
approximately $20,000 in rentals. 

As stated in my previous report, through the generosity of the 
Zellerbach Family Foundation, the sum of $35,000 was presented to the 
City and County of San Francisco to conduct a feasibility study, which 
would include a Symphony Hall available to Ballet and other cultural 
performances. This feasibility study has been completed and a special 
committee has been formed for studying ways and means to finance such 



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facility capable of handling 1 ,000 automobiles. 



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If we are to maintain our position as a Cultural Center in the Western 
part of the United States, it is mandatory that we provide proper 
facilities by means of this additional Arts facility, which in turn will 
alleviate the present extremely crowded Opera House. 

BUDGET - SEVENTIES 

We are pleased to submit the following comparative figures: 

1971-72 1970-71 
Budget . $782,558^ $773,569 

15^,057- 177,013 



Rentals 
Concessions 



22,159- 



23,686 



MAJOR EEU^ITI TA TIOJI /.ITT? MAIUTE^AITCE IT; . 

For the past two .years, no progress in the refurbising or 
rehabilitation of the War Memorial Complex has taken place. In the 
budget request for Fiscal Year -1970-71 and 1971-72, funds for Capital 
Improvements have been deleted due to strict economies forced on all 
departments of City Government. A long range program for complete 
rehabilitation of the War Memorial Complex and the Opera House in 
particular, has been unfortunately postponed. With meager funds on 
hand, we were able to maintain our fifteen elevators, now over forty 
years old, in normal running condition. This was made possible by a 
contract with a major elevator firm, weekly inspections, and stand-by 
emergency service in the amount of approximately $15*000 annually. 

During the Fiscal Year of 1971-72, the following major improvements 
and services are hereby recited: 

Continuing repairs to copper roofs, gutters, e+"c_ $5?00 n 

Sidewalk and driveway repairs 2,000 

Replace defective shock absorbers and defective piping 5,000 

Replace grounded signal alarm system 1 ,427 

Replace two large coil heaters 1,210 
Complete painting of interior stairwells of 

Veterans' Building 5,000 

Replace lavatory control stops 2,500 

Re-roping of backstage drops 6,000 

Additions and improvements to Music Library II (O.H.) 2,700 
Completion of the strip lighting in dressing rooms(0.H.) 5*000 
Painting and Gold Leafing of Ornamental Iron Fence 

and light standards - Memorial Court 7*150 

OPERA HOUSE 



From our War Memorial Reserve Fund, we have appropriated funds not 
only for the complete rehabilitation of the ornamental iron fence 
but for the badly 'needed carpeting in the box level area of approximately 
$14,000. Included in the remodeling of certain areas of the Opera 
House was the North Symphony-Box Office. This outmoded inefficient 
facility possesses the most modern type of ticket handling and advance 
reservation facility. This was the first improvement made in this 
particular area since the inception of the Opera House in 1932. The 
Box Level Exhibit Room still continues to accomodate countless numbers 
of patrons visiting our Opera House during the Symphony and Ballet 
Seasons. Exhibits are changed frequently to promote interest and we are 
now in the process of displaying memorabilia saluting the Golden Anniversa: 
of Opera in San Francisco. 

SAN FRA1TCISC0 MUSEUM OF ART 

The Officers and Members of the San Francisco Museum of Art have for 
the past year and a half obtained approximately $1 Million from private 
donations to rehabilitate the third and fourth floors of the Veterans' 
Building to provide, as originally conceived, exhibit galleries on the 
fourth floor and the complete relocation of the Executive Offices and 
Art Class Rooms to the third floor. Upon completion of this vast project, 
the S.F. Museum of Art wi 1 •_/.. g place frTflOttg bhe top five Baiseums 
in the Country* witn its well lighted galleries, expansive accommodations 



Honorable Joseph L. Alio to -4- September 12, 1972 

Executive Offices and Visual Art Class Rooms. 

Through the excellent cooperation of the Veterans' Organizations 
occupying this building, the entire third floor was made available 
to the Museum of Art, class rooms, and Executive Offices as well as 
an Art Library. The attractive book store, which is located on the 
main floor of the Veterans' Building, has proven an outstanding 
success- Here the patrons of the Museum of Art may purchase books, 
pamphlets, and other materials pertaining to the Visual Arts. 

The entire second floor of the Veterans' Building has been completely 
renovated with the installation of new drapes and the renewing of 
Venetian blinds, which included painting and restringing. Also 
located on this floor is a new Billiard and Card Room as well as 
a most attractive Ladies Lounge. The remainder of the floor area is 
devoted to meeting rooms and lockers containing paraphernalia for 
use by the various Legion groups. 

BUDGET ITEMS, ETC . 

As requested in your memorandum, we list the following items 
for the General Department and the Museum of Art: 

Expenditures 
General Department Budget as of 6/50/72 

1.691-200.000 Contractual Services 

1.691-500.000 Materials and Supplies 

1.691.400.000 Equipment 

1 .691 .801 .000 Compensation Insurance 

1.691. 81 5. 000 P.D.and P.L. Insurance 

1.691.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

1.691 .257-000 Scavenger Services 

1.691.812.000 Fidelity Insurance 

1.691.218.000 Maintenance and Repair 

Office Machines 

1.691.252.000 Telephone Service 

Art Museum 

1.692.200.000 Contractual Services 
1.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 
1.692.251.000 Heat, Light and Power 

FALL OPERA SEASON 

One of our outstanding yearly attractions, besides the San Francisco 
Symphony, is major Opera in San Francisco. Ranking on a par with 
New York Metropolitan and under the direction of Dr. Kurt Adler, the 
49th Fall Opera Season provided an outstanding artistic and financial 
success, with each performance a complete sellout with standing room 
only. Following the opening performance, a gala dinner dance sponsored 
by the Opera Guild and under the capable direction of Lilly B. Cuneo 



$57,153 


555,121 


10,800 


9,981 


2,510 


-0- 


5,000 


5,000 


11,200 


11,519 


29,000 


28,476 


3,094 


3,094 


200 


200 


75 


50 


1,200 


1,569 



500 


173 


650 


676 


8,000 


7,896 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto ->• September 12, 1972 

was held. The latter event was staged in a completely renovated 
auditorium in the Veterans' Building, and was judged an out si- 
season success. Over 400 of San Francisco's elite attended this 
memorable event. 

SYMPHONY SEASON 

Setting the pace for cultural activities in San Francisco, and in 
particular the performing arts, the San Francisco Symphony established 
a new record during the 60th Symphony Season. Standing room only 
marked each and every performance during this record breaking season, 
and because of the extraordinary interest in our outstanding Symphony 
Orchestra, additional performances became a necessity. 

PdTQUIHETiEHTS FOR SPACE AI-TTJ FEW FACILITIES - EXPA1TSICIT 

As previously stated in our annual report and indicated herein, your 
War Memorial Board is cognizant of the fact that the War Memorial 
Complex must be expanded to include an additional performing arts 
facility, as well as contiguous parking facilities. The critically 
needed 2?00 seat Concert Hall as invisioned by the Zellerbach Family 
Foundation Survey, and planned across Franklin Street, west of the 
Opera House, must become a reality. 

We are mindful of your admonition in view of the ever increasing tax 
rate to practice rigid economies, both in the administration and the 
maintenance of our War Memorial Complex; however, let me emphasize 
that this commendable desire for economy must not overlook the fact 
and reality that the physical plant is in dire need for sufficient 
funds to maintain and rehabilitate our complex. It is foolish economv 
to forestall a backlog of critically needed repairs and rehabilitation. 
This can only result within the very near future to embark on a 
campaign "to save our Opera House". As a consequence, a Bond Issue 
with its inherent interest charges, plus an annual 20% increase in 
maintenance and labor shall in the long ran impose an additional 
burden en our taxpayers. This could be avoided if we would receive 
a stated amount in our annual budgets. I would like to point out 
that in Fiscal Years 1966-67, 1967-68, and 1968-69, funds of approximately 
$1 Million became available for long delayed maintenance and 
rehabilitation of our buildings. With the defeat of Proposition "B" 
the administration became keenly aware of the deterioration that 
set in and as a consequence, the administration at that time was 
acutely aware of the physical deterioration. If your administration 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto -6- September 12, 1972 

does not immediately take up the slack for an orderly allocation 
of funds in subsequent budget requests, it's to ignore the prov< 

facts and we are merely Qg the tuck for the inevitable complete 
deterioration of our entire plant. The Trustees are keenly aware 
of our situation and if we are to maintain our position as the 
Cultural Center of the West, \-ie must expand and improve the 
V/ar Memorial Complex of the City and County of San Francisco. 

Respectfully submit bed, 

Frederic Campagnoli, President 

Board of Trustees 

V/ar Memorial of San Francisco 

FC:if 



JostPH J A llen. Managing Direc Kir 

Dovald J MiCHALSKt Executive Secretary and Asuslant Managing Director 

TOMOftlfiLOfSfiFimCISCO 




OPERA HOUSE 



VETERANS' BUI I I NG 



ART MUSEUM 



EXECUTIVE OFFICE • SUITE 110 • VETERANS' BUILDING 
SAN FRANCISCO. CALIFORNIA 94102 
TELEPHONE M 1 6600 



September 17, 1973 



Honorable Joseph L. Al ioto, Mayor 
City and County of San Francisco 
200 City Hall 
San Francisco, CA 9^102 



MRS. JOSEPH L. M.IOTO 

PrtiLlp S. BOONE 

FRED CAMPAGNOLI 

GEORGE T. DAVIS 

PRENT1S C. HALE 

SAM K. HARRISON 

MOSES LASKY 

WILSON MEYER 

MRS. MADELEINE H. RUSSELL 



DOCUWiENTS 

OCT 1 8 

SAJM FRANCISCO 
pOpt-rC LIBRARY 



Dear Mayor Al ioto: 

STATEMENTS OF ACTIVITIES, PAST FISCAL YEAR 

COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 

STATEMENT OF IMPORTANT IMMEDIATE NEEDS 
AND FUTURE PLANNING 

In compliance with your request of August 29, 1973, we now submit the 
fol lowing: 

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD 



Gregory A. Harrison, President 

Mrs. Joseph D. Cuneo, Vice President 

Mrs. Joseph L. Al ioto 

Phi 1 ip S. Boone 

Frederic Campagnol i 

George T. Davis 

Prentis Cobb Hale 

Sam K. Harrison 

Moses Lasky 

Wi 1 son Meyer 

Mrs. Madeleine H. Russell 



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STAFF 



Joseph J. Allen Managing Director 

Donald J. Michalske Assistant Managing Director 

and Executive Secretary 

Mrs. Mae Sandness Principal Clerk Stenographer 

Robert Higgins Senior Account Clerk 



WAR MEMORIAL BOOKINGS AND REHEARSALS 

Comparative figures for Fiscal Year 1972-73 and 1971-72 are as follows 

1972-73 1971-72 



Grand Opera-Youth Opera 

"Symphony 

Musical Concerts 

Bal lets 

Rehearsals - Opera House 

Musical attractions and rehearsals, 

Veterans' Building 
Miscel laneous 



52 


63 


78 


103 


11 


15 


68 


i»1 


230 


227 


158 


93 


3 


5 . 



600 547 



-The San Francisco Symphony season was shortened to 78 performances 
because of their appearances in the European and Soviet capitals 
and, as a consequence, reduced the local performances as referred to 
above. The international publicity given to our Symphony throughout 
the capitals of the world has formally established the San Francisco 
Symphony as one of the top five in the United States. The generation 
of goodwill, capacity audiences and flawless performances added up to 
a most successful tour. 



As previously reported, the Zellerbach Family Foundation's $35,000 to 
the War Memorial to conduct a feasibility study has now been completed. The 
complex will include not only a multi purpose performing arts facility but 
an off-street parking area, which will contain approximately 1,000 automobiles. 
This is a much needed ancillary to our War Memorial complex and will provide 
not only a symphony hall but much needed space for ballet, opera rehearsals 



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and national and international performing arts groups which, e,t the present 
time, are unable to perform in our world-famed opera house. Due to the lea- 
dership and cultural appreciation by His Honor the Mayor, $1,000,000 from 
Federal Sharing Funds were set aside as a beginning for the acquisition of 
property and to act as a catalyst from the private sector sufficient donations 
to make possible a performing arts complex to cost in excess of $18,000,000. 
As a result of this original allocation, a non-profit corporation has been 
formed and an organization set up for the purpose of not only acquiring the 
property, but to construct a performing arts building and adjacent parking 
facilities. If we are to retain San Francisco's reputation as a cultural 
center of the West, it is mandatory that we provide additional performing 
arts accommodations as well as off-street parking for the convenience of the 
patrons. 

BUDGET - REVENUES 



We are pleased to submit the following comparative figures 

1972-73 1971-72 

Budget $765,186 $782,558 

Rentals 172,3^2 15M57 

Concessions 30,116 22,159 

MAJOR REHABILITATION AND MAINTENANCE ITEMS 



For the past three years no progress has been made in the rehabilita- 
tion or refurbishing of the War Memorial complex. In budget requests for 
fiscal 1970-71, 1971-72, 1972-73, all capital funds have been deleted due 
to the policy of the administration to practice strict economies, not only 
in our department but others as well. As a consequence, our long-range 
plan for complete rehabilitation of the War Memorial complex has again, 
unfortunately, been postponed. Mindful of the aforementioned situation, 
we are doing our utmost with money on hand for maintenance and repairs 
appropriation to continue some rehabilitation work to at least keep pace 
with normal wear and tear to our physical plant. 



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Honorable Joseph L. Al ioto September 17, 1973 

During fiscal year 1972-73, the following major projects of rehabi 
litation and repair were completed: 



Repairs to cement sidewalk and driveway 

in Memorial Court $3,000 

Paint and repair ceiling and walls, 

Veterans' Building and Opera House 4,000 

Replace obsolete boiler controls, 

three main boilers 7,000 

Replace corroded underground Conduit Alarm 

Circuits 5,000 

Repair to counterweight arbor, 

first bridge Opera House 6,100 

Construct partitions for storage of 

1 ighting fixtures 1 ,250 

Recarpeting box area Opera House 17,500 

Sandblast, paint and gold leaf east Memorial 

fence 5,650 

Paint four interior stair wells, Museum of Art 5,000 

Replace corroded 6" pipe fire protection tank, 

Opera House 1 ,000 



OPERA HOUSE 

On September 1, 1972, the Trustees of the War Memorial employed 
Greyhound Food Management Inc., as concessionaire for a period of five years. 
This organization has expended over $65,000 in modern, attractive, up-to-date 
concession booths, electronic cooking and heating facilities and a modern up- 
to-date automated cafeteria beneath the main stage, as well as a hot food 
deli-bar located in the lower promenade area. The concessionaire, by the 
efficient operation of good service and exceptional quality, exceeded the 
original estimate of $175,000 gross in its year of operation. It is anti- 
cipated that in the next fiscal year their gross sales will exceed $200,000 



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Honorable Joseph L. Al ioto September 17, 1973 

and, as a consequence, will increase the revenue to the city. 

During the past fiscal year, the San Francisco Opera celebrated 
its golden anniversary with record attendance and superlative performances. 
Nationwide interest was focused on this most memorable season with over 
101% capacity for all performances. In the major improvements to the Opera 
House was the recarpeting in the promenade box level area as well as the side 
areas leading into the boxes proper. This was accomplished at a cost of 
approximately $14,000. Among the attractions in the Opera House during 
this period of time, the National Ballet of Canada, featuring Rud i Nureyev, 
staged 10 performances with a gross of over $3^0,000, which netted the War 
Memorial approximately $21,000 in rental. 

SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF ART 

Final work on phase 1-A concerning the north gallery and the employees 1 
lunchroom was completed. This renovated gallery, formerly used as a store- 
room and workroom, has increased the exhibit space by more than one-third 
and, consequently, larger exhibits are now planned for this area. 

Finishing touches were applied to the Museum's modernization phases B 
and C and a grand opening to the public was held on Saturday, October 14. 
Over $1,000,000 in private funds were expended for this complete rehabili- 
tation of the south and north exhibit halls. Included in this project was 
the installation of 13 exhaust fans on the roof with a combined capacity of 
70,000 cubic feet of air per minute, which provides the viewer - on extreme- 
ly warm days - a temperate climate for the many exhibits of objects of art 
and paintings on display. Attendance has exceeded the 1,000,000 mark due 
to these many improvements and longer viewing hours. 

The attractive book store, located on the main floor of the Veterans' 

Building continues to attract hundreds of tourists, as well as art patrons. 

On display are books and pamphlets pertaining to visual arts and a well 
stocked library for purchase and loan. 



Honorable Joseph L. Al ioto September 17, 1973 



VETERANS' BUILDING 

A notable improvement to the main lobby was the installation of 
vaulted recessed ceiling lights to emphasize the attractiveness of the red 
carpet entrance to the Museum elevator. 

The auditorium, seating approximately 1,100, continues to attract small 
theatre groups, ballet companies, travelogue films, organization meetings, 
graduation exercises, as well as the scene of the annual post opera dinner 
dance, signaling the opening of the Opera Season. As stated in previous 
annual reports, this auditorium must be completely renovated if we are to 
improve the sight lines, acoustics, lighting and seats to accommodate legi- 
timate theatre productions, as well as the performing arts. It is estimated 
that this refurbished theatre could be rented for at least 250 days per year 
and, as a consequence, revenue derived over a period of five years would off- 
set the cost of these improvements. 

BUDGET ITEMS, ETC. 

As requested in your memorandum, we list the following items for the 
General Department and the Museum of Art: 

Expenditures 
General Department Budget as of 6/30/73 

2.691.200.000 Contractual Services $68,227 $68,073 

2.691.300.000 Materials and Supplies 

2.691 .'tOO. 000 Equipment 

2.691.801.000 Compensation and Insurance 

2.691.815.000 P.D. and P.L. Insurance 

2.691.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

2.691.237.000 Scavenger Services 

2.691.812.000 FideHty Insurance 

2.691.218.000 Maintenance and Repair 
Office Machines 

2.691.232.000 Telephone Service 



10,068 


10,101 


2,076 


2,039 


5,000 


5,000 


11,000 


9,300 


38,058 


34,284 


3,094 


3,094 


200 


200 


75 


50 


1,532 


1,322 



Budget 


Expenditures 
as of 6/30/73 


$ 200 


$ 419 


600 


584 


8,557 


9,478 



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Honorable Joseph L. Al ioto September 17, 1973 



Art Museum 

2.692.200.000 Contractual Services 
2.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 
2.692.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

50th ANNIVERSARY OF OPERA 

One of the outstanding cultural attractions in San Francisco is 
major opera, which rivals the Metropolitan Opera Company in New York. 
A galaxy of stars for each performance coupled with the outstanding 
direction and lighting resulted in the most successful opera season in 
history. Attendance exceeded capacity houses with standing room only as 
the order of the day. Under the direction of Dr. Kurt H. Adler, the 
Golden Anniversary of opera in San Francisco was an artistic and financial 
success. 

Following the opening performance, a post opera dinner dance was 
sponsored by the Opera Guild under the expert direction of Trustee Lily 
B. Cuneo. Over 400 of San Francisco's elite attended this gala event. 

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY 

Under the capable direction of Maestro Seiji Ozawa the San Francisco 
Symphony enjoyed another outstanding season, culminating in a world tour 
of Europe and the Soviet Union. This was under the sponsorship of the 
Bank of America and Standard Oil Company of California underwriting the 
western European concerts and the United States Department of State spon- 
soring the Soviet Union performances. As a result of this international tour, 
the San Francisco Symphony moved up another notch as one of our country's 
outstanding musical organizations. 

SAN FRANCISCO BALLET 

Another one of our major cultural organizations, the San Francisco 



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Honorable Joseph L. Al ioto September \~J , 1973 



Ballet, staged its annual "Nutcracker" during the Christmas holiday season 
and played to capacity audiences. This performing arts group attracts 
parents and children alike from the entire bay area. The Ballet also per- 
formed in June of 1973, presenting a spring series of various ballet works 
to the delight of residents and visitors alike. It is interesting to note 
that these three major performing arts groups received subsidies from the 
hotel tax funds administered by the Chief Administrative Officer. This 
financial assistance makes possible the continuing high quality of perfor- 
mances and is a major contribution to the operating budgets of our principal 
tenants. 

NEEDED EXPANSION OF WAR MEMORIAL COMPLEX 

As previously stated in our annual reports and indicated herein, the 
War Memorial Board is mindful of the fact that if we are to continue as the 
cultural center of the west a new performing arts facility as well as pro- 
visions for ample off-street parking is an absolute necessity. A multi- 
purpose facility containing at least 2,800 seats is the objective of the 
special committee appointed by Your Honor in order to relieve the overcrowd- 
ed conditions in our present Opera House. You will recall that the Zeller- 
bach Family Foundation contributed the necessary funds for preliminary 
studies, as well as a feasibility study for this projected undertaking. The 
building and parking facility are to be located on the west wide of Frankli- 
Street, between Grove and McAllister Streets. 

Your Board of Trustees is well aware of the continuing problems of 
reconciling the demands of various boards and commissions and the avail- 
ability of money to fund worthy projects. Let me emphasize that this 
desire to practice strict economies is commendable but we cannot overlook 
the fact that our physical plant is in constant need of maintenance and 
rehabilitation, being in constant use for the past forty years. Let me 
reiterate that during the past fiscal year all capital improvement funds 
requested were unfortunately deleted from our budget, thereby forestalling 
the day when a campaign will have to be undertaken to save our complex from 
further deterioration. In this connection, we respectfully request that 



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Honorable Joseph L. Al ioto 



September 17, 1973 



Your administration give most serious consideration to our budget re- 
quests, including funds for capital improvements, if we are to maintain 
our position as a city of culture. The inestimable benefits, both finan- 
cial and cultural to our city, can only be achieved in keeping our phy- 
sical plant in proper working condition. We know by having such a plant 
our countless visitors, as well as our patrons of the performing arts 
will continue to enjoy the finest productions and performances that are 
unexcelled in the major cities of our country today. 



GAH:ac 



Respectfully submitted, 

Gregory A. Harrison, President 

Board of Trustees 

War Memorial of San Francisco 



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CLAUDf |AR\'.AN, ;? , Mansmng O/recfcr 
Do"*ai d J MichalskC Executive Sctretury and As 



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EXECUTIVE OFFICE • SUITE 110 • VETERANS' BUILDING 
SAN FRANCISCO. CALIFORNIA 9110: 
TELEPHONE 6?l <",:.00 



September 17, 1974 



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GEORGE I 

FRENTIS C. Hi IF. 

SAM K. HARRISON 

MOSES IASKY 

MRS. MADELEINE H. KUS 






Honorable Joseph L. Alioto, Mayor 
City and County of San Francisco 
200 City Hall 
San Francisco, Ca. 94102 

Dear Mayor Alioto: 

.STATEMENTS OF ACTIVITIES, PAST FISCAL YEAR 
.COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 
.STATEMENT OF IMPORTANT IMMEDIATE HEEDS AND 
FUTURE PLANNING 

In compliance with your request of August 27, 1974, V7e now 
submit the following: 



Members of the Board 



Staff 



.Gregory A. Harrison, President 

.Mrs. Joseph D. Cuneo , Vice President 

.Mrs. Joseph L. Alioto 

.Philip S. Boone 

.Frederic Car.^pagnoli 

.George T. Davis 

. George Gund 

.Prentis Cobb Hale 

.Sara K. Harrison 

.Moses Lasky 

.Mrs. Madeleine H. Russell 

.Claude Jarman, Jr. Managing Director 

.Donald J. Michalske Assistant Managing 

Director and Executive 
Secretary 

.Elsa H. Kelliaann Principal Clerk 

Stenographer 

.Robert G. Higgins Senior Account Clerk 



1973-74 


1972-73 


62 


,,-r 52 


87 


78 


16 


11 


71 


68 


237 


230 


143 


158 


7 


3 


623 


600 



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Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 17, 1974 

WAR MEMORIAL COOKINGS AND REHEARSALS - " 

Comparative figures for Fiscal Year 1973-74 and 1972-73 are 
as follows : 



Grand Opera-Youth Opera 

Symphony 

Musical Concerts 

Ballets 

Rehearsals Opera House 

Musical attractions and rehearsals 

Veterans' Building 
Miscellaneous 



The Opera House continues to operate at full capacity. 
Unfortunately with the Opera, Symphony and Ballet usinp; the House 
most of the year there are few opportunities to book outside events 
into the House. 

BUDGET - REVENUES 

We are pleased to submit the following" comparative figures: 

1973-74 1972-73 

Budget $956,682 $765,186 

Rentals 148,596 172,342 

Concessions 35,938 30,116 

MAJOR RE H ABILITATION AND MAINTENANCE ITEMS 

For the past four years there has been no progress in the 
rehabilitation or refurbishing of the Uar Memorial Complex. All 
budget requests for capital funds have been deleted. However, we 
hope there will be strong consideration' given this year to allocating 
funds tc refurbish the 1,300 orchestra seats as well as the stage 
which needs to be replaced as soon as possible. 

During the fiscal year 1973-74 the following projects were 
completed: 

Reglaze showers, Opera House $2,983 

Rebuild back bar, mezzanine, Opera House 712 

Install 2 ovens for basement Deli Bar, Opera 

House 800 

Partition check room #3 for store room for 

advance ticket sales office, Opera House 632 
Replace hot water piping to 4 dressing rooms, 

Opera House ' 1,437 

• • Rebuild Svmuhony accountant's office, Veterans' 

Building * 1,136 

Install safety cables above Museum galleries, 

Veterans' Building 400 



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Build enclosures around toilet area, Projection 

'Room, Opera House $ 950 r ' 

Enlarge cold water piping from 2nd to 5th fir., 

Opera House south side 1,301 

Scrape and paint stage loading door, Opera Use. 1,001 
Replace hoist cables in 4 passenger elevators 

in Veterans' Bldg. and Opera House : '' 4,639 
Replace 3/4" hemp rope for 71 pipe arbors on 

Opera House stage pin rail 3,500 

Replace 3/4" hemp rope for 42 pipe arbors on 

Veterans' Building stage pin rail 950 

Additional fire protection for Museum of Art 9,800 
Construct racks for storing ccables for stage 

lighting fixtures 1,000 

Update electronic control devices and emergency 

repairs to passenger elevator back stage, 

Opera House* 3,862 

Purchase 6 portable dimmer banks for Opera 

House stage switchboard 51,241 

Purchase 2 spotlights for Opera House 

Projection Pvoom 5 , 200 

91,624 
VETERANS ' BUILDING 

The Sail Francisco Museum of Art continues to attract large 

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auditorium, which seats approximately 1,100, continues to attract 
small theatre groups, ballet companies, travelogue films, organiza- 
tion meetings, graduation exercises, as well as the scene of the 
annual post opera dinner dance, signaling the opening of the Opera 
Season . 

B UDGET ITEMS, ETC . Expenditures' 

Gen eral Department Budget a s of 6/30/74 

3.691.200.000 Contractual Services 

3.691.300.000 Materials & Suopli.es 

3.691.400.000 Equipment 

3.691.801.000 Compensation Insurance 

3.691.815.000 P.D. & P.L. Insurance 

3.691.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 

3.691.237.000 Scavenger Services 

3.691.812.000 fidelity Insurance 

3.691.218.000 Maintenance and Repair 

Office Machines 
3.691.232.000 Telephone Service 

Art Museum 

2.692.200.000 Contractual Services 

2.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 

2.692.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 



$56,815 


$56,693 


13,453 


13,227 


3,132 


3,125 


5,000 


5,000 


11,000 


9,300 


36,507 


36,085 


3,094 


3,094 


200 


200 


75 


50 


1,750 


1,529 


200 


400 


600. 


560 


12,005 ' 


11,347 



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Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 17, 1974 



In conclusion, the War Memorial Complex continues to be the 
cultural center in the Bay Area. It is imperative that we have 
sufficient funds to maintain it so that it will remain so. 



Respectfully submitted, 



Claude Jarman, Jr. 

Managing Director 

War Memorial of San Francisco 



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Don»co J. Micmalsm Exccultrt Secretary ond Annum Managing Director 

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EXECUTIVE OFFICE • SUITE 1 10 • VETERAN'S' BUfLDINC 

SAN FRANCISCO. CALIFORNIA 91102 '• 

TELEPHONE 6ZI 6600 



MRS. JOScrH 0. CON'.O 
Preiidenl 

GEORGE 7. OAVIS 

Wse Prctioaai 
MRS. JOSEPH L. A'.IOTO 
PHILIP S. sOOME 
FRcC) CAM-A ",NGLI 
A. ACR.AN S.'.UKN 
GECP.C-s 3U':D 
MRS. WALTE1 A. hAAS 
PR3NTIS C. KALE 
GREGORY A. H^UR.SCN 
SAM IC. HARP.lSCN 



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September 16, 1975 



Honorable Joseph L. Alioto, Mayor 
City and County of San Francisco 
200 City Hall 
San Francisco, Ca. 9l±102 

Dear Mayor Alioto: 

•STATEMENTS OF ACTIVITIES, PAST FISCAL YEAH 
.COMPLETION OF VARIOUS AUTHORIZED PROJECTS 
'.STATEMENT OF IMPORTANT IMMEDIATE NEEDS AND 
FUTURE PLANNING 

In copjT>!5»nn« wi t.Vi vour r6 r, ue?t of S© 1-, t- , *? , ib6i? 13.- 1975; *?* no** 
aubrait the following: 

Members of the Board .Mrs. Joseph D. Cunao, President 

• .George T. Davis, Vice President 
•Mrs. Joseph L. Alioto 

* .Philip S. Boone 
•Fred Campagnoli 
•A. Adrian Gruhn 
.George Gund 
.Prentis C. Hale 
.Mrs. Walter A. Haas 
•Gregory A. Harrison 

• " .Sara K. Harrison 



Staff 



•Clcude Jarraan, Jr. 
•Donald J. Michalske 

•Elsa H. Kellmann 
.Robert G. Higgins 



Managing Director 

Assistant Managing 

Director and Executive 

Secretary 

Principal! Clerk 

Stenographer 

Senior Account Clerk 



3 1223 03373 2067 



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Honorable Joseph L. Aliotc September 16, 1975 

1 I 
WAR MEMORIAL BOOKINGS AND REHEARSALS 

Comparative figures for Fiscal Year 1974~75 and 1973-74 are 
as follows: 

197U-75 1973-71i 

Grand Opera -Youth Opera 65 ., 52 

Symphony . 94 87 

Musical Concerts 17 16 

Ballets 73 71 

Rehearsals Opera House 2Ij.9 237 
• ' Musical attractions and rehearsals, 

Veterans' Building lij.9 . 1U3 

. Miscellaneous llj. 

. • 551 



0T3 



The Opera House continues to operate at full capacity. 
"Unfortunately with the Opera, Symphony and Ballot using the House 
most of the year there are few opportunities to book outside events 
into the House. . 

BUDGET - REVENUES 

We are pleased to submit the following comparative figures: 

197a-75 1973-7li - 

Budcret '$96^.912 S>W6.b&2 

Rentals .' . I5b',866 li-8,596 

Concessions - kl»°B3 35, 938 

MAJOR REHABILITATION ANT) MAINTENANCE ITEMS 

For the past five years there has been no progress in the 
rehabilitation or refurbishing of the War Memorial Complex. How- 
ever, in 1975-76 the budget includes funds to refurbish the 1,300 
orchestra seats as well as the stage which needs replacing. 

During the fiscal year 1974*75 the following projects were ■ 
completed: 

Repairs to Orchestra pit machinery $ 3^0 

Repairs to cement sidewalks 860 
New Ma3tic floor tile in Guild Room Opera 

House 370 

Replace broken window panes 1,606 
" . Install exhaust duct from basement kitchen 

to roof Opera House 925 

Install 12 speed racks to Opera House bars 375 
Install pipe rail on steps to 2 door3, south 

side Opera House 590 
. • Replace wire mesh frames above proscenium 

arch Opera House • 710 
Rearrange 6 offices in Opera House ' 1,610 



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Honorable* Joooph L. Alioto September 16, 1975 

1 1 

Ro-wire 2 wig rooms, now lights, paint, 

cabinets $ 1,630 

Remove west paint frame and install 80 

foot safety rail on paint frame Opera. 

House 768 

Replace worn out main shut-off valves 

on domestic and flushing water systems" 

Veterans' Building 875 

1 ■ Install Magnosite floor in 3 snack bar 

areas Opera House 1,500 

Clean artificial stone walls, North 

Mezzanine Opera House 1,^.00 

Survey of deterioration of exterior • ' 

terra cotta ". 500 

Clean and repair hot water tank lining 

Veterans' Building 2,250 

Paint American Legion Offices Veterans' 
• Building li#l|59 

Re-cable 72 pipe battens, cross brace 5 

battens Opera House 20,000 

Re-furbish South Ticket Office Opera 

House 16,^00 

New lighting and plugs in Seamstresses 

Rooms Opera House 1,350 

Cut-up and remove demolished awning 

front of Opera House 6I4.7 

Replace demolished awning front of 

Cpepu. House 



VETERANS' BUILDING 

The San Francisco Museum of Art continues to attract large 
crowds, both with its exhibits as well as it3 film programs. The 
auditorium, which seats approximately 1,100, continues to attract 
small theatre groups, ballet companies, travelogue films, organiza- 
tion meetings, graduation exercises, a3 well as the scene of the 
annual post opera dinnor dance, signaling the opening of the Opora 
Season. 

BUDGET ITEMS, ETC. Expenditures 

General Department: Bud get as of 6/30/75 ; 

lj.o691.200.0vJ0- Contractual Services $"& r J7397 $83,?0~2 

li. 691. 300. 000 Materials k Supplies 12,2k2 11,873 

lj.. 691. L00. 000 Equipment 2,085 .2,010 

l|.-. 691. 801. 000 Compensation Insurance 5,000 5,000 

k. 691. 815. 000 P.D. & P.L. Insurance 11,200 11,200 

k. 691. 231. 000 Heat, Light and Power 1]5, 383 l;5,333 

1J..691.237.000 Scavenger Services [j.,000 lj.,000 

Ii.691.812.000 Fidelity Insurance 200 200 
li. 691. 218. 000 Maintenance and Repair 

Office Machines ■ 60 lj.8 

U. 691. 232. 000 Telophono Service 1,560 1,560 



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Honorable Joseph L. Alioto September 16, 1975 

1 1 
Art Museum 

Expenditures 
Budget as of 6/30/75 
1;. 692. 200. 000 Contractual Services $ ±U0* jp 100 
5.692.300.000 Materials and Supplies 9,200 10,210 

5.692.231.000 Heat, Light and Power 10,835; , 10,835 

In conclusion, the War Memorial Comples continues to be the 
cultural center in the Bay Area. It is imperative that we have 
sufficient funds to maintain it so that it will remain so. 



Respectfully submitted, 




CiauafeT Jarmar/. Jr • /J 

Managing Director is 

Y/ar Memorial of San Francisco 



DONALD J. MICHALSKE, Managing Director 

STEPHEN E DYKFS, fiecutive Secretary and Annum Managing Director 

M mEmOAIflL- Ofjflfl fflflflCISCO 



OPERA H U S f 



VETERANS* BUILDING 



19 1 MUSEUM 




EXECUTIVE OFFICE • SUITE 110 • VETERANS' BUILDING 
SAN FRANCISCO CALIFORNIA 94102 
TELEPHONE 62 I 6600 



TRUSTEES 

GEORGE 7. DAVIS 

President 
PHILIP S. BOONE 

Vice President 
Mrs. Joseph L. Alioto 
F'ed Campagnoli 
Mrs. Joseph D. Cur.eo 
A. Adrian Gr hn 
George Gund 
Mrs. Walter A. Haas 
Prentis C. Hale 
Gregory A. Harrison 
Sam K. Harrison 



September 8, 19 76 



Hon. George R. Moscone 

Mayor 

200 City hall 

San Francisco, CA. 



Dear Mayor Moscone: 



Subject:. FY1975-76 Annual Report 



Pursuant to Charter Section 3.500(e) and your 
19 July 19 76 memorandum requesting departmental annual reports, 
herewith is the War Memorial's Annual Report for FY 19 75-76. 

As set out in the Charter, the functions of the war 
Memorial Board of Trustees are to "have charge of the construction, 
administration and operation of /the/ war memorial and of the 
grounds set aside therefor." (Charter, Section 3.610) . Once 
policy is set by the Trustees, it is executed by the Managing 
Director, Donald Michalske; and the Assistant Managing Director, 
Stephen Dykes. These two management posts are assisted by a 
secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth Day; and an accountant, Gary Tom. 
These four positions comprise the Executive Office of the War 
Memorial. Apart from the Executive Office staff, there are 
currently 42 permanent employees, who are janitors, craftsmen, 
stationery engineers, watchmen, doormen, and elevator operators. 

A FY 19 75-76 operational summary of the War Memorial 
Opera House and Veterans' Building is provided by the summary 
data and interpretive comments below: 



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(1) WAR MEMORIAL Comparative Operating Budget Data * (Index 691) 

1973-74 1974-75 1975-76 

Revenues 

Ad Valorem $614,151 $637,770 $724,297 

Rent 147,777 149,440 107,519 

Concessions 35,938 47,053 47,679 

Miscellaneous 700 818 700 



Expenditure Budget 



$798,566 $835,081 $880,195 



Personnel $556,129 $546,125 $560,330 
Contractual 96,432 ' 127,668 136,515 

Services 
Material & 

Supplies 10,500 11,889 17,532 

Equipment 3,132 2,011 - - 

Fixed Charges 16,050 15,072 20,950 
Mandatory 

Fringe Benefits 105,870 122,586 129,695 
Services Other 

Departments 10,453 9,730 15,173 



$798,566 $835,081 $880,195 



* Excludes capital improvements, reconstruction and 
replacement monies. 



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(2) Capital Improvement/Maintenance & Rehabilitation Projects 

For the first time in eight years, capital improvement 
funds were approved. Funds amounted to $302,529 and financed 
four projects: 

.Reupholstering of the 1300 Opera House 
orchestra floor seats--$159 , 529 ; 

.Replacement of performing section of 
stage floor — $65,000; 

.Recarpet Opera House standee space, aisles 
and between seat rows on the orchestra 
floor — $28,000; 

.Replace and relocate McAllister Street freight 
elevator in Veterans 'Building — $50,000. 

Considering that the Opera House is 45 years old, 
continued capital improvement funding will be essential to refurbish 
the interior of the house, as well as maintain its complex mechanical, 
electrical and plumbing systems. 

Some $39,000 was spent for major rehabilitation and 
maintenance projects. Chief among these was the construction 
and installation of ornamental iron gates for the Opera House 
Museum--$12,000; cleaning and water-proofing the Opera House 
exterior stairs on Van Ness Avenue — $10,30 0; and the replacement 
of a section of the Opera House copper roof ing--$4, 997. 

The Board of Trustees, along with the Managing Director 
and his staff, continued to work closely with Sponsors of the 
Performing Arts Center, Inc. to draw up preliminary design plans 
for the proposed symphony hall, and final plans for the extension of 
the Opera House, In addition, the Trustees continued their efforts 
to make final arrangements to secure Herbst Estate grant funds for 
the renovation of the Veterans' Auditorium. 

(3) Opera House Usage 

Bookings continued to sell the house out. The seasons of 
the San Francisco Opera, Symphony and Ballet left few scheduling 
opportunities to book road companies and special performances. 



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Comparative house usage figures for the past three years 
as as follows: 



Events 

S.F. Grand Opera & 

Youth Opera Performances 
S.F. Symphony Performances 
S.F. Ballet Performances 
Other Concerts & Performances 
Rehearsals 



1973-74 


1974-75 


1975-76 


62 


65 


66 


87 


94 


89 


71 


73 


61 


23 


31 


44 


237 


249 


263 



480 



512 



523 



Veterans* Auditorium performances numbered 143 in FY 1973-74; 
149 in FY 1974-75; and 112 in FY 1975-76. 

(4) Art Museum (Index 692) 

Located on the third and fourth floors of the Veterans 1 
Building, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art attracts increasing 
numbers of visitors with its nationally recognized exhibits and film 
programs. During 1975-76, the Museum had 256,751 visitors. 

Opening the third floor corridors as gallery space for the 
Museum's permanent collection of photographic prints in Spring 19 76 
was a major contributor to the Museum's climbing attendance. At the 
same time, this addition has added to the War Memorial's janitorial 
load and its maintenance responsibilities what with new air condi- 
tioning equipment and lighting of the third floor corridor galleries. 

As the Museum of Art expands, city overhead costs will grow, 
necessitating budget increases for this operation. 



Art Musuem Operating Budget Data 



Revenues 



1973-74 



$47,961 



1974-75 



$52,956 



1975-76 



$57,008 



Ad Valorem 

Expenditure Budget 

Personnel 

Contractual Services 
Material & Supplies 
Mandatory Fringe Benefits 

$47,961 $52,956 $57,008 

* Excludes capital improvements, reconstruction and replacement monies, 



$28,721 


$25,976 


$29,920 


9,100 


11,818 


13,170 


4,350 


10,210 


6,950 


5,790 


4,952 


6,968 



In sum, the War Memorial Complex continues to be 
Northern California's cultural hub. Aggressive maintenance, 
rehabilitation and expansion of this 45 year old complex are 
essential to assure San Francisco's position as a major performing 
arts center in the United States. Toward this end, the Trustees 
are grateful for the past and future cooperation of the Mayor and 
the Board of Supervisors in approving sufficient money to sustain 
the War Memorial. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Georg^f T. Davis 

President, Board of Trustees 

War Memorial of San Francisco 



Rudolf Nothenberg 

Mayor's Senior Program Manager 

ATTN: Mrs. Joan Dickey 



.-- ■ 1 ' 



DONALD J MICHAISKT, Managing Director 

SlirmN E UYKlS, Etoculne Sac/alary and Assistant Managing Dneclor 

imraoftifliofSflnFftflncisco 




OPERA HOUSE 



VETERAN'S BUILDING . . . ART MUSEUM 



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EXECUTIVE OFFICE • SUITE 110 • VETERANS' BUILDING 
SAN fRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94102 
TELEPHONE 621-6600 



September 15, 1977 



GEOSGE I. DAVIS 

Prcvd-nl 

PHILIP S BOONE 

V.cc Prn.dent 
Fred CampaVjnoli 
Mft. Joieph D. Cuneo 
A. Adr.on Gruhn 
G-o")- Gund 
Mn. Waller A. Mtgi 
Prantii C. Hole 

Sam K. Her.,. on 

Krikor G. Kroui.an 
Oicar M Proton 



SEP 13 1978 



DOCVt: -£NTS DEPT. 



The Honorable George R. Moscone 

Mayor, City and County of San Francisco 

Room 200 City Hall 

San Francisco, CA. 94102 

Dear Mayor Moscone: 

Pursuant to Charter Section 3.500(e) and your 
September 8, 1977 memorandum requesting departmental annual 
reports, herewith is the War Memorial's Annual Report for 
FY 1976-77. 

As set out in Charter Section 3.610, the functions 
of the War Memorial Board of Trustees are to "have_charge of 
the construction, administration and operation of/the/War 
Memorial and of the grounds set aside therefor" . 

Once policy is set by the Board of Trustees, it is 
executed by the War Memorial Managing Director, Donald Michals3:e; 
and the Assistant Managing Director, Stephen Dykes. These two 
management positions are assisted by a secretary, Mrs. Elisabeth 
Day; and an accountant, Mr. Gary Tom. These four positions 
comprise the Executive Office of the War Memorial. Apart from 
the Executive Office staff, there are currently forty-one 
permanent employees and four CETA employees, employed as custodians, 
electricians, stationary engineers, security guards, stage door 
attendants, elevator operators, etc. 

A FY 19 76-77 operational summary of the War Memorial 
Opera House and Veterans' Building is. provided by the following 
data and comments, covering (1) operating budget data; and (2) 
capital improvements and facilities maintenance; and (3) usage 
of both buildings. 



. .see next page 



Mayor George Moscone 

(1) War Me morial Comparative Operating Budget Data* 



War 


Memorial--General 


(Budget In 


dex 691) 




1974-75 


1975-76 


1976-77 


Revenues 








Ad Valorem 


$637,770 


$724,297 


$752,680 


Rent 


149,440 


107,519 


137,943 


Concessions 


47,053 


47,679 


72,616 


Miscellaneous 


818 


700 


1,048 




$835,081 


$880,195 


$752,680 


Expenditure Budget 








Personnel 


$546,125 


$560,330 


$576,425 


Contractual 








Services 


127,668 


136,515 


171,433 


Material & 








Supplies 


11,889 


17,532 


19,285 


Equipment 


2,011 


■ -0- 


2,193 


Fixed Charges 


15,072 


20,950 


26,710 


MFB 


122,586 


129,695 


144,106 


Services Other 








Departments 


9,730 


15,173 


24,135 


i 


$835,081 


$880,195 


$964,287 


War 


Memorial — Art Museum (Budget 


Index 692) 


Revenues 








Ad Valorem 


$ 52,956 


$ 57,008 


$ 70,634 


Expenditure Budget 








Personnel 


$ 22,976 


$ 29,920 


$ 37,361 


Contractual 








Services 


11,818 


13,170 


13,355 


Material & 








Supplies 


10,210 


6,950 


10,578 


MFB 


4,952 


5,968 


9,340 


• 


$ 52,956 


57,008 


$ 70,634 



♦Operating Budget data excludes funds for capital improvements 
which are covered elsewhere in this report. 



. . .continued 



Mayor George P.. Moscone 3 

(2) Capital Improvements And Facilities Maintenance 

No capital improvement fund requests were approved in FY 
1976-77. However, $61,500 was appropriated for facilities 
maintenance projects. Of this amount, $32,000 was work-ordered 
to DPW-3ureau of Building Repair for routine maintenance and 
repair of the Opera House and Veterans' Building. These ex- 
penditures are considered to be minimal for the upkeep of this 
forty-five year old facility's physical plant. In addition to 
these expenditures, major facilities maintenance -projects 
undertaken included annual roof work ($5,000); lighting and 
electrical repairs ($2,300); Opera House painting ($4,265); re- 
placement and repair of Venetian blinds and draperies ($9,500); 
replacement of corroded water lines ($1,850); air circulation 
system/fan maintenance ($2,200). 

The Board of Trustees, along with the Managing Director 
and his staff, continued to work closely with the Sponsors of 
the Performing Arts Center, Inc. Plans and specifications for 
the Opera House Extension to Franklin Street were completed. 
At this writing, financing for this $5.09 million project has 
been arranged as follows: City share — $0.6 8 million; Local Public 
Works Program (EDA) grant — $3.66 million; and PAC, Inc. share — 
$0.75 million. Construction will begin by early December 1977, 
with completion anticipated in twelve months. 

Planning for the new symphony hall has evolved from the 
preliminary design phase to detailed plans and specifications. 
This work will continue throughout the current fiscal year to 
keep pace with the highly successful, fund-raising efforts of 
PAC, Inc. 

The Board of Trustees and its staff continued to work with 
the Herbst Foundation to secure a $650,000 grant for the rehabili- 
tation of the Veterans' Auditorium. Plans and specifications for 
this project were completed at the expense of the Foundation, 
and receipt of grant funds is expected shortly. Construction 
time is anticipated to be between four and six months. Auditorium 
booking will then be transferred from the War Memorial Commission 
(American Legion) to the War Memorial Executive Office. 

(3) Building Usage 

Opera House 

Bookings continued to sell the house out. The seasons of the 
San Francisco Opera, Symphony and Ballet left few scheduling oppor- 
tunities to book road companies and one or two performance attractions, 
However, short-runs were scheduled for the American Ballet Theatre, 
the Joffrey Ballet, and the Houston Grand Opera production of 
"Porgy & Bess". 

. . .continued 



Mayor George Moacone 4 

Comparative Opera House usage figures for the past three 
years follow: 

O.H. Usages 

S.F. Opera & Student 
Opera Performances 

S.F. Symphony Performances 

S.F. Ballet Performances 

Other Concerts & Performances 

Rehearsals 

Veterans' Auditorium 

Under the War Memorial Trust, the Veterans' Auditorium is 
booked by the War Memorial Commission (American Legion) . After 
the Auditorium's rehabilitation with Herbst Foundation grant 
funds during the current year, booking will be done by the War 
Memorial Executive Office. 

Comparative Veterans' Auditorium usage figures for the past 
three years follow: 

1974-75 1975-76 1976-77 

Veterans' Auditorium 

Events 149 112 144 



1974-75 


1975- 


76 


1976-77 


65 


66 




67 


94 


89 




88 


73 


61 




69 


31 


44 




51 


249 


263 




251 



. . .continued 



Mayor George R. Koscone 5 

S.F. Museum of Modern Art 

Located on the third and fourth floors of the Veterans* 
Building, the Museum of Modern Art attracts increasing numbers 
of visitors with its permanent, collection, special exhibits and 
film program. During 1976-77, the museum had 286,620 visitors, 
up 29,870 over the prior year. 

Veterans ' Facilities 

Veterans organizations offices on the first floor of the 
Veterans' Building, as well as meeting rooms on the second floor 
and in the basement, are controlled by the War Memorial Commission 
(American Legion) under the War Memorial Trust. Custodial services 
and maintenance is provided by the City. 

************** 

In sum, the War Memorial complex continued to be Northern 
California's center for opera, ballet, symphony and exhibitions 
of modern art. To maintain and enhance this reputation and the 
substantial economic contributions it represents, upkeep of 
existing facilities and their expansion are essential to sustain 
San Francisco's position as a major center for the arts. Toward 
this end, the War Memorial Board of Trustees is appreciative of 
the past and future cooperation of the Mayor and the Board of 
Supervisors. 

Respectfully submitted, 



George T. Davis 

President, Board of Trustees 

War Memorial of San Francisco 



DONALD J. MICHALSKE, Managing Director 

STEPHEN E. DYKES, Executive. Secretary end Assistant Managing Director 

uiflft raoflifli. of sfin Rflficisco 



OPERA HOUSE 



VETERAN'S BUILDING 



ART MUSEUM 




EXECUTIVE OFFICE • SUITE 110 • VETERANS' BUILDING 
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94102 
TELEPHONE 621-6600 



September 15, 1978 



FRED CAMPAGNOLI 

President 
PHILIP S. BOONE 

Vice President 
Mrs. Joseph D. Cuneo 
George T. Davis 
A. Adrian Gruhn 
George Gund 
Mrs. Waller A. Haas . 
P-entis C. Hale 
Sam K. Harrison 

Krikor G. Krouzian 

Oscar M. Preston 









The Honorable George R. Moscone 

Mayor, City and County of San Francisco 

City Hall, Room 200 

San Francisco, California 94102 

Dear Mayor Moscone: 

Pursuant to Charter Section 3-500(e), herewith is the War Memorial's Annual Report 
for FY 1977-73. 

As set out in Charter Section 3-610, the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco War 
Memorial shall "have charge of the construction, administration, and operation of 
[the] War Memorial and of the grounds set aside therefor." 

Once policy is set by the Board of Trustees, it is executed by the War Memorial Man- 
aging Director and the Assistant Managing Director. These two managing positions 
are assisted by a secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth Day, and an accountant, Mr. Gary Tom. 
The four positions comprise the executive office of the War Memorial. Apart from 
the executive office staff, there are currently forty-one permanent employees and 
four CETA employees. These employees are employed as custodians, electricians, sta- 
tionary engineers, security guards, stage door attendants, elevator operators, etc. 

A FY 1977-78 Operational Summary of the War Memorial Opera House and Veterans' Build- 
ing is provided by the following data and comments covering (1) operating budget data, 
(2) capital improvements and facilities maintenance, and (3) usage of both buildings. 

(1) War Memorial Comparative Operating Budget Data (Operating Budget Data excludes 
funds for capital improvements which are covered elsewhere in this report.) 



Revenues 

Ad Valorem 
Rent 

Concessions 
Miscellaneous 



War Memorial — General (Budget Index 691 ) 
1975-76 1976-77 



$724,297 

107,519 

47,679 

700 

,195 



$752,680 

137,943 

72,616 

1,048 

$752,680 



1977-78 

$ 994,120 

180,440 

97,510 

1,237 

$1,273,307 



, continued 



The Honorable George R. Moscone 



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Septernber 15, 1978 



1975-76 



Expenditure Budget 




Personnel 


$560,330 


Contractual Services 


136,515 


Material & Supplies 


17,532 


Equipment 


-0- 


Fixed Charges 


20,950 


MFB 


129,695 


Services-Other Depts. 


15,173 



,195 



19 v 6-77 



$576,425 

171,433 

19,285 

2,193 

26,710 

144,106 

24,135 

$964,287 



War Memorial — Art Museum (Budget index 692 ) 



Revenues 

Ad Valorem 

Expenditure Budget 

Personnel 

Contractual Services 
Material & Supplies 
MFB 



$ 57,008 



$ 29,920 

13,170 

6,950 

6,968 

$ 57,008 



$ 70,634 



37,361 
13,355 

10,578 

9,340 

70,634 



1977-78 



$545,928 

145,512 

20,625 

3,807 

62,000 

157,894 

22,799 
$958,565 



$ 84,629 



$ 44,785 

• 13,634 

9,416 

11,914 

$ 79,749 



(2) Capital Improvements and Facilities' Maintenance 



Only one capital fund request was appropriated in FY 1977-78 which was for the 
Opera House stage in the sum of $75,000. 

The sum of $88,500 was appropriated for facilities' maintenance projects. Of 
this amount $38,000 was work ordered to DPW, Bureau of Building Repair, for 
routine maintenance and repair of the Opera House and Veterans' Building. These 
expenditures are considered to be minimal for the upkeep of this forty-six year 
old facitity's physical plant. Within these expenditures are several of major 
importance : 

(a) Clean up debries, temporary repairs to broken windows, removal of collapsed 
canopy, etc. As a result of bomb explosion, on September 7, 1977, a State 
holiday eW opening night of the Opera Season, all work was performed at over- 
time rates. No interference with the patrons of the Opera was experienced. 

(b) New 150 AMP electric service was provided from the main switchboard to the 
new distribution panel in the basement promenade in the Opera House to ser- 
vice expanded catering facilities. 

(c) Figures and ornamental work above the proscenium arch in the Opera House 

continued 



The Honorable George R. Moscone -3- September 15, 1978 

were cleaned by using a sky climber attached to the roof girders. 

(d) Repairs to damage to Pin Rail Pipe No. 49 resulting from accident in 
the Opera House. 

(e) Renewal of Hot Water Riser HW-6 from the projection room to the attic 
in the Veterans' Building. 

In addition to these expenditures, major facilities' maintenace projects under- 
taken included repairs to roof copper flashings ($5,000), repairs and replacement 
pneumatic instruments ($2,000), replacement of deteriorated drapery in the 
Veterans' Euilding Library and Lounge ($9,500), repairs to boiler vacuum feed 
pumps ($4,610), repairs to hoisting winch for center lighting fixture in The 
Herbst Theatre ($800), replacement of warn out chilled water circulating pump 
($3>750), repairs to sidewalk elevators' doors and cutters ($3,600). 

Construction of the Opera House extension has commenced and the steel frame is 
completed. It is anticipated that the extension will be totally completed by 
December, 1978. This extension will add thousands of square feet of office, 
rehearsal, and stage space to the Opera House and will facilitate the loading 
and unloading of props and scenery. The major portion of this project is funded 
by a local Public Works Program (EDA). 

Construction of the new concert hall and rehearsal facilities on the Commerce High 
School parking lot, has commenced and is proceeding on schedule. This $29,000,000 
project is scheduled for completion In 1980. 

(3) Building Usage 

Opera House 

Bookings continued to sell the house out. The seasons of the San Francisco 
Opera, Symphony, and Ballet left few scheduling opportunities to book road 
companies. 

Comparative Opera House usage figures for the past three years follow: 

Opera House Usages 1975-76 1976-77 1977-78 

S.F. Opera & Student Opera Performances 66 67 66 

S.F. Symphony Performances 89 88 95 

S.F. Ballet Performances 6l 69 76 

Other Concerts & Performances 44 51 53 

Rehearsals 263 251 260 

Veterans ' Auditorium 

The Veterans' Auditorium, as a result of a generous contribution by The Herbst 

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The Honorable George R. Moscone -H- September 15, 1978 

Foundation of a sum in excess of $600,000, has been completeley remodeled into 
a beautiful and effective 900-seat theatre. This theatre was dedicated on 
June 21,1978, and is presently called THE HERBST THEATRE. This facility is 
providing a much needed auditorium of this size to the developing Performing 
Arts Center. The theatre, which is under the control of the Board of Trustees, 
has been extremely well received and is in great demand. As a result of con- 
struction involved with the conversion of the Veterans' Auditorium into The 
Herbst Theatre, which construction commenced in the latter part of 1977 , book- 
ings in the Veterans' Auditorium had to be discontinued and comparative usage 
figures for the facility would serve no purpose. 

S.F. Museum of Modern Art 

Located on the ground, third, and fourth floors of the Veterans' Building, the 
Museum of Modern Art attracts increasing numbers of visitors with its permanent 
collection, special exhibits, and film programs. 

Veterans' Facilities 

Veterans organizations' of f ices on the first floor of the Veterans' Building, as 
well as meeting rooms on the second floor, are controlled by the War Memorial 
Con-mission (American Legion) under the War Memorial Trust. Custodial services 
and maintenance is provided by the City. The American Legion War Memorial Com- 
mission in 1977 entered into an agreement with the Board of Trustees relinquish- 
ing to the Board the management and control of the Veterans' Auditorium (The 
Herbst Theatre) and the Green Room. Auditoriums 1 and 2 have been relinquished 
for use by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 

The War Memorial continues to be Northern California's center for Opera, Symphony, 
Ballet, and Modern Art. It remains a meeting place for veterans and Department Head- 
quarters for the American Legion, Department of California. As previously stated, the 
the buildings in this complex are now forty-six years old. The Board realizes the 
fiscal restraints made necessary by the need to contain the city's budget within 
manageable limits, but the continued failure to provide adequate funds to properly 
maintain the buildings is a shortsighted expediency, which will result inevitably in 
greater cost to the citizens of San Francisco. The War Memorial, as the major center 
for the performing arts in the Bay Area, brings millions of dollars into the City 
which benefits the business community and adds to the City's economic strength. Its 
importance will grow with the addition of the Concert Hall and The Herbst Theatre. 

The continued cooperation of the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors to provide the 
funds necessary to properly maintain and operate^ the complex is earnestly requested. 

fully su 





10.1 

President, Board of Trustees 
War Memorial of San Francisco